Occupational Therapy is a useful tool to get over a trauma. Crafting or Home-making could be considered the non-medically prescribed version! For some people, the idea of seeking help to overcome their grief is abhorrent to them, yet it is often the case that these are the very people who desperately need it. There is no shame in seeking help to surmount your emotional pain. Be it in the form or prescribed counselling or occupational therapy or even via the pharmaceutical route. But if this is not something that you feel you need, or even if you have turned to these but feel the need to change, then I highly recommend crafting.
As mentioned earlier, I started to crochet. Knitting I could do (as long as it was a scarf!). Crocheting I had no idea! A close friend, with the patience of a saint, tried to teach me the basics but I didn't want to stretch the bounds of our friendship so far that they snapped due to my inability to crochet anything but a long chain! So I looked it up on YouTube, there are many different sites that can show you how to start with the basic stitches. At the end of last year, I crocheted a rather nice cardigan that was longer than I thought it would be but looked brilliant nonetheless. This year things have been different and I have found myself creating gifts, with love, for those that I love.
So if you want to try crafting, and believe me, if I can do it anyone can! Then these resources could be a great fit for you.
Joann for those in the USA who are keen to start their crafting journey, they too have pretty much all you'll need to get going. Like HobbyCraft in the UK, Joann has courses in their stores, you can either sign up online or in-store and they also have a newsletter that you can register for.
Craftsy is an online site with courses for pretty much any craft under the sun! The benefit of this site is you don't have to leave home to learn!! Ideal if you have a family, live out of town or have commitments that don't necessarily coincide with the more traditional on-site classes.
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