2020 has been an interesting year, to say the least. Many of us find ourselves navigating a new normal, trying to find new ways to take care of others and ourselves. As we try to balance it all, it can be easy to put our needs and mental health on the back burner to take care of everyone else.
But you can’t pour from an empty cup, so taking time for yourself is vital for your peace during these uncertain times. One way you can take care of yourself is by activating your creative side.
Make Time For Creativity
Some of us feel busier than ever, and others are desperate for something to fill the time. Regardless of your current schedule, it’s important to be intentional about putting creative time into your day.
If sewing relaxes you, carve out time in your day to sit at the machine (or pick up a needle and thread) in the evenings to help you unwind. If having “you time” at the beginning of your day helps structure your day, wake up a little earlier than usual to make sure you get that time to yourself. Making time for you and the creative things you like to do is not selfish. It is the best way to fill your cup so you can fill everyone else’s.
Art and Sewing As Self Care
For many, sewing is therapeutic. It is as much about creative expression as it is about taking care of your soul. Self-care has been a buzz word in the last few years, but it’s because it is an essential part of taking care of your mental health. Sewing can be a quiet and calming activity that helps you step away from the noise and anxieties of the day.
Whether you listen to music, a sewing podcast, or use it as a quiet time of prayer or meditation, the soft humming of the machine and the fluid motion of your hands can help bring you a place of calming so that you can feel balanced and refocused.
Creativity Is Exercise For The Brain
Sewing, just like other creative outlets, is not only a form of self-care, but it is also part of taking care of your brain health. Sewing works both sides of the brain and can:
- Reduce stress
- Increase focus
- Fight dementia
- Reduces anxiety
- Process trauma and
- Release dopamine which is an antidepressant
Sewing is not only a great way to relax and reboot, but it’s good for your brain as well!
Take Advantage Of More Time At Home
We’re spending a lot more time at home these days, so it’s a great time to try something new. With a shift in obligations and responsibilities, more time at home means more time to work on your hobby. People across the country are using this unexpected time at home to better themselves in many ways, from finally getting to those house repairs to working out, reading, and working on their sewing. You’ve got this time, use some of it to do what you love.
Find New Ways To Get Creative
One way to take care of yourself is to challenge yourself. This means stepping out of your comfort zone and challenging yourself to learn something new. If you’re new to sewing, take time to venture out and learn new techniques, and get inspiration from new sources. Trying new things keeps your sewing hobby fresh and new.
The Dragonfly Creative team wants to help you find more ways to get creative this year. Keep an eye on our website for new tips and techniques, online lessons, and inspiration. Commit to getting creative this week!