Most of us lead busy lives, with work, caring for children or aging parents or both, school, commuting, health issues, and money worries filling our minds.
If left unchecked this kind of stress can damage our emotional, mental and physical health, and have a significant negative impact on our families.
Much has been talked and written about the benefits of mindfulness to help ease stress and it is one of a number of tools that can help to deal with this challenging and difficult issue.
The type of mindfulness typically practiced in the West is quite different from its Buddhist roots, and does not need to include a spiritual element. The purpose of mindfulness is to focus solely on the act of awareness and in doing so reduce stress.
Our ability to think about something, to step back and observe gives us the opportunity to reflect on and process information. Typically mindfulness experts recommend meditation and reflection as ways to practise this, but the process of sewing can achieve the same aim; to give your mind a break from the everyday stresses of life.
Simply sitting down with a hot drink and hand sewing something enables your mind to get caught up in a gentle process, or what is known as ‘the flow’, wherein you become fully immersed in what you are doing and get enjoyment from it.
This will silence the noise of our unfocused thoughts that often drown out the purpose of doing something and give us peace.