Pattern of the Week: 3 Ways the Calming Wall Hanging Can Reduce Anxiety
Not only is the Calming Wall Hanging a fun and simple project to make, but also it can help reduce any winter anxiety you may be feeling this time of year. Read on to discover 3 ways the Calming Wall Hanging from Interweave Crochet Winter 2018 can help reduce anxiety.
1. Making is meditative.
The research is in! The act of crafting can have a calming and meditative effect on your state of mind. Making the Calming Wall Hanging is the perfect activity if you need some down time to relax but still want to feel productive. Plus, you have total control over the stitches you make, and the act of creating can be empowering.
2. Separate from your screen.
We all live on our phones these days, but taking a step away can greatly reduce your anxiety. The light from phones and screens can activate your mind and start it wandering (not helpful if you are headed to bed soon or trying to quiet your mind). Devote purposeful time to forgetting the stressful news of the world, leaving some emails unanswered, and stopping yourself from comparison on social media. Pick up your crocheting. Your mind will thank you for it. Check out even more reasons you should put down your phone and pick up your crafting in this Lisa’s List post.
3. Create a happy and calming space.
Once the Calming Wall Hanging is finished, you can use it to create a safe and calming space. Devote a room in your house or a corner of your room to finding your Zen. Fill that space with things that make you happy! Indulge in the super soft, fluffy yarn used to make this wall hanging, and use a branch from your favorite spot to mount it on the wall. Creating a space filled with all your favorite things can help calm you down when you feel the anxiety starting to rise.
Do you use crafting to help with your mental health? Does crochet help you decompress after a long day? Let us know in the comments below. Read the pattern information to get started making the Calming Wall Hanging.
Happy and peaceful stitching!
Editor, Interweave Crochet
Make crochet the highlight of your home with a stylish wall hanging in a bulky yarn. This piece is exactly what you need to make your home feel cozy and modern.
Finished Size 10” wide and 20” long, including stick and fringe.
Yarn Blue Sky Fibers Bulky (50% alpaca, 50% wool; 45 yd/3.5 oz): #1004 polar bear (A), #1003 porcupine (B), #1001 lynx (C), 1 hank each.
Hook Size N/13 (9 mm).
Notions Yarn needle; rust-proof pins; 8” x 12” cardboard piece, 1; 15” branch or dowel, 1.
Gauge Gauge is not important for this project.