How To Deal With Stress Using Craft (A Nod To Stress Awareness Day)

It was recently Stress Awareness Day and that got us thinking… with the hustle and bustle of modern life sometimes it can be hard to notice when it all gets a bit too much. It's overwhelming. Sometimes you can't see beyond the thick fog of stress.

Don’t worry, it’s completely normal, and even happens here at Trimcraft HQ! To help you find your Zen and relax a little, we’ve compiled a list of ways to de-stress a little based on things Trimcraft staff do! 

Crafty meditation:

Colouring

Colouring isn’t just for kids! It’s a helpful way to de-stress and a great way to take a break from the big responsibilities and problems of the day. Colouring for grown-ups is all the rage and experts have been shouting about the calming benefits for over a decade. By focusing on an activity like colouring, you can help prevent negative and unhelpful thoughts from entering your mind. It can also help reduce anxiety, help you concentrate and be more mindful!

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Different styles of colouring suit different people so why not try something new each time you pick up your pens and paper? As part of our Novamber week we released free printable colouring pages in a range of styles so there is something for everyone!

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Yann, our European Sales and Business Development Administrator, enjoys colouring with our Nova Dual-Tip Designer Markers for more of precise colouring style and Alli, our Marketing Executive, really enjoys using our Nova Watercolour Pens for a fluid effect.

Family & Friends Crafternoon

Crafting with friends and family is a great experience. You can bounce ideas off one another, catch up and just enjoy spending time with the ones you love which can be super beneficial in stressful times. Our E-Commerce Specialist Jon is a big supporter of this way of destressing. He and his family often craft together on the weekends creating cards and other fun projects!

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We love to see people organising these sorts of events in our Facebook comments and often we receive emails from families sharing lovely stories and the crafts they create. We have so many fun and exciting products on Amazon for crafternoons but our most popular products are the simple basics (which really shows that you don’t need much to have a great time).

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If you can’t meet up regularly with friends and family, we highly suggest posting your makes in the inspiration area. Here there are hundreds of projects posted every month and there are often mini challenges set by people in the forum to take part in.

Knitting and Crochet

Similarly to colouring, knitting helps to distract the mind but it also does so much more! The repetitive actions not only give your mind a new focus (and a new scarf or mittens!), but a study by Harvard Medical School’s Mind and Body Institute found that knitting lowers heart rate by an average of 11 beats per minute, and induces an “enhanced state of calm” similar to that of yoga.

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Cat, our Content Marketing Executive, loves to crochet and make Pom Poms! She even made some of the fabulous projects in our Spiin article.

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If you’re looking for inspiration, why not check out our recent Spiin tutorials? We’ve got an adorable chunky crochet headband, Heart Pom Pom Earrings and a cute crochet mug cosy with full instructions.

Scrapbooking Memories

Scrapbooking is something that is truly wonderful. It’s accessible to all skill levels and there are so many different styles, you can make something completely unique to you. The best part is you’re not only protecting your memories, but you can reminisce as you craft bringing those past joys into the present. This is our Sales Administrator Jessica’s favourite way to wind down with craft.

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Over the years we’ve shared a lot of scrapbooking inspiration on the blog, from layouts to full albums. Check out our favourites below:

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Or why not check out our latest trend report? This month we talked about December Daily, a festive mini album trend perfect for any level of scrapbookers.

These are just a few of the ways we like to use craft to reduce stress but there are truly so many more, it’s all about trying out different things are giving your mind and body a break.

If you’re feeling completely overwhelmed, there are a whole range of helpful and informative articles on mind.org.uk that can help.

How do you use craft to reduce stress? We’d love to know! Share with us below in the comments or post your creations in the inspiration area!

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smidgett

smidgett

I'm lucky enough to craft for a living - and I find doing Craft demo's as my way of de-stressing!! Nothing beats a Saturday, sat crafting in a store whilst chatting to other like minded crafters and sharing crafting ideas!!!

bigsparrow

bigsparrow

Useful post with all the links for scrapbooking - thanks. I dont get stressed, but I have recently started knitting, just because I can do it when sitting and chatting to my mum ( or just whilst she dozes !). It is nice and relaxing.