I know I'm not alone in saying that crafting has some massive benefits for mental health. Being able to lose yourself in a project and come out with something to be proud of in the end is priceless.
Today I would like to share something else which has really benefited my mental health. You've probably heard of mindfulness before - it's all over the press and mental health related content.
Headspace is an app which teaches mindfulness and includes hundreds of meditations tailored to help combat anything from anxiety to insomnia. I've been using it for about 2 years now and I cannot recommend it enough. To be able to take even a few minutes of each day and escape from thoughts and feelings can make all the difference. Learning mindfulness has helped me to enjoy things like sewing and gardening more because I have developed the ability to be present and pay attention to what I'm doing instead of focusing on worrying. Not only does it help soothe stress but I find that paying more attention to the moment can make mistakes less frequent!
There's an offer currently running for anyone who is unemployed to get a years free subscription to the Headspace app (usually about £70). If this is of interest to you or if you know someone who could benefit from this please share this link:
I get no payment or benefit from you using this link (aside from the satisfaction of being able to share something which I now swear by!)