Elizabeth Barrette (ysabetwordsmith) wrote,
Elizabeth Barrette
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Knitting

 ... can reduce depression, anxiety, and chronic pain.  Presumably crochet and other fibercrafts have similar effects.

Imagine if counseling offices had supplies for this.  "Here is our cabinet of coping supplies.  A guide to which items are recommended for which conditions is on the door.  The most popular for depression and anxiety is knitting.  You can get a free bag of supplies with knitting needles, patterns, and enough yarn to make at least one project."  That's $5-10 of materials retail, depending on exact contents, and quite a lot less if you bought them wholesale. 

*ponder*  Hell, someone should just create a charity that hands out free fibercraft supplies to people with these problems.  Any fibercraft store could put up a display where folks could donate stuff to be packaged and handed out at local clinics or at the store itself.  Do you know someone with these problems?  Buy a knit kit to show them that you care.  This could help the stores by encouraging more people to take up a constructive hobby, too.

There's a reason crafters have memes like "Knitting is cheaper than therapy -- plus you get warm things!"  Nothing will fix everything, but many people find that this hobby helps a lot.
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