With us leading such hectic and busy lives, we barely take a moment to breathe and appreciate the beauty that surrounds us. Our desire to live comfortably has provided us with high amounts of stress and trauma which may potentially lead us to become mentally stressed out.
What is Mindfulness?
Simply put, mindfulness is a state of mental condition that can be realized by focusing on the present, while at the same time being fully aware of your feelings, thoughts, and external sensations.
There are many ways to achieve mindfulness. Your main goal is to find activities that can focus your thoughts resulting in relaxation of the mind. If you want to keep calm, you need to find an activity that will inspire you to be in the moment. It has also been beneficial to women, children, and even men as it allows them to shutdown negative factors, hence letting their minds relax and escape the challenges of daily life.
Embroidery as a form of therapeutic activity became popular during World War I when wounded soldiers use it to overcome their grief due to loss, injury, and the trauma they encountered on the battlefields.
Today, it is fast becoming a popular hobby due to the mental benefits it delivers to hobbyists and beginners, too. According psychologists, embroidery helps people achieve a state of self-induced focus, also known as mindfulness, Other benefits that are derived from this mindfulness needlework are relaxation, stress relief, and even lower blood pressure, too.
For beginners, embroidery may seem like a daunting activity for them, but once they start focusing on getting the stitches right and slowly creating beautiful patterns, their self-esteem and confidence improves, too. The beauty of embroidery truly goes beyond the patterns and images that one creates with fine, skilled needlework.
If you are a beginner, it’s always best to start small. Pick design kits that will require you to slow down a bit for a few minutes each day. Don’t worry! It is not going to eat up your entire day, if that’s what you’re thinking.
Relaxed Body and Mind
According to experts, embroidery also has a positive impact on how our brain works. This activity is known to stimulate the right hemisphere, which is directly responsible for cultivating creativity. Not only does embroidery help you manage anxiety and stress, but it also touches your creative side. As our brain is fully-engaged in embroidery, we slowly achieve a relaxed state of body and mind.
Your main goal is to make time for yourself, learn and develop a skill, and learn how to be in the moment. The design kit can help you focus on a limited range of simple and easy stitches only. For instance, chain stitch is repetitive in nature, which in turn helps you build rhythm while gaining confidence in your skill over time.
Here at On the Cuff, we encourage you to get motivated and unleash your creativity using a needle and thread. You can drop by at our shop located at Denton, Texas or give us a call so we can help you get started with the art of embroidery.