Depression Getaway

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Creativity and Depression: Part Three

This entry is part 3 of 3 in the series Creativity and Depression

handsKnitting This week we have been talking about creativity and depression. On Monday I told you about a book called "Crochet Saved My Life". This book is a wonderful collection of stories from several women who used crochet to help them navigate the painful waters of chronic illness.

On Wednesday I told you about one of my hobbies, sewing, and how it saves my life continually. If you are battling depression you need these kinds of activities too, to help you along.

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Creativity and Depression: Part Two

This entry is part 1 of 3 in the series Creativity and Depression

quiltLook at my latest project! Isn’t it pretty? Actually, the picture doesn’t do it justice, it is so much brighter than this! I am going to give it away, probably to a women’s shelter, like my last projects.

This post could also be titled: “SEWING SAVES MY LIFE”.

Last time I shared a book review with you called “Crochet Saved My Life”. Today I am sharing my own experience but I have changed the word ‘saved’ to ‘saves’ because it only works when I do it and I have to keep doing it! Sewing that is….

I’ve loved sewing ever since my first sewing lessons when I was a kid. Did I tell you about that? I was ten, my sister was thirteen and the other girls in the class were young women. The first thing we had to do before we chose our pattern was take our measurements. Most of the girls were 34-24-34 or something like that. As the youngest in the class I was 29-29-29, a little embarrassing! But I loved the classes and I learned to love sewing.

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Creativity and Depression:Part One

This entry is part 2 of 3 in the series Creativity and Depression

Kathryn Vercillo headshot

Or maybe this post should be titled “Crochet Saved My Life”.

Really, am I comparing a crochet hook to a lifebuoy? Well, sort of. Let me explain.

“Crochet Saved My Life” is the title of a new book by Kathryn Vercillo. You will definitely want to check this out!

Not only does the book describe how crochet helped Kathryn through the dark days of depression, but also how it helped many other women who are also challenged by a chronic illness.

These stories are inspiring and encouraging and filled with hope.

Whether it is crocheting or any other hobby you may choose to pick up, having a creative interest, working with your hands and your heart can heal and help and preserve sanity better than any therapy or medications.

Now don’t quit your therapy or stop taking your medications because I said that!

But do read the stories about these amazing women and how crochet saved their lives.

Or read the introduction to the book and see if it grabs your attention.

This week I am going to share my own personal story about how working with my hands saves me every single day. Do you have a story you would like to share with me? I would love to publish it on my blog.

I am so glad you dropped by today!

Join me again at ‘Depression Getaway’ and together we will…

…live, care, laugh, share, learn, discover, forgive and recover.

Don’t give up, I’m praying for you!

Wendy Love

Hobbies for Health

Seamstress Woman Sewing Clothing ClipartLast time I shared with all of you my new found joy in an old hobby – sewing.

Can you picture me having fun like this gal?

Do you have a hobby?

Do you need one?

Why are hobbies so beneficial? Without giving you any scientific research I will simply say this: IT TAKES YOUR MIND OFF YOURSELF!

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Sew What?

009I have been chatting about doing the things we are good at or doing the things we enjoy as part of our depression getaway therapy. Just about this time last year I decided that I desperately needed something to do, something that I could do even if I wasn’t feel well.

I prayed about it and the thought came to me to pull out a quilt I started 13 years ago and finish it, which I did! Here it is! Not the best picture (remember I am a sewer not a photographer) but what a great accomplishment it was, finishing something I had started so long ago.

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