5 thoughts on “Crafting to Interrupt Rumination in Depression, Anxiety, and PTSD

  • September 27, 2018 at 12:23 pm

    Thank you so much for this article. When I read it I realized that I used to love crafting, and haven’t done it in some while. I also have depression and PTSD. I think this will be a great way to stop my worry and ruminating thoughts. Thanks again, Karen

    • September 27, 2018 at 8:57 pm

      I hope that you find that it helps! Sometimes it takes a few fits-and-starts to find the right craft for a certain mood but usually I find that it can help in some way.

  • October 2, 2018 at 11:21 am

    Any suggestions for craft for those of us who aren’t already crafty? I have not heard this idea before and think it’s great.

    • October 3, 2018 at 2:00 pm

      Great question. I think that everyone IS crafty … it’s about finding the craft that works for you and finding ways to set yourself free from any self-judgment. Finding the craft that is right for you can take some time. Personally, I like crochet (and knitting would be similar) because you can follow a pattern; it isn’t as challenging as just starting with a blank slate (like a piece of clay) and figuring out what to do with it. One trick I’ve found that works for some people is to think back to the things that you really enjoyed as a child and see if you still like those now – painting rocks, making friendship bracelets, whatever it was. Hope you find the thing that feels great for you!

  • June 5, 2019 at 9:36 pm

    This is an awesome article. I have found crafting to be so soothing, joy producing and rewarding as I too struggle with depression. Thanks for your research.


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