Stitches for Self Care is a new hashtag that I have posted about recently on my Instagram page.
For anyone new to hashtags, they are words contained within a post which can be searched for by other people. For example, a popular knitting hashtag is #KnittersOfIG. If you click on this hashtag or search for it, it will bring up every single post that contains the hashtag.
It is a great way to find people with similar interests to you, to connect and inspire one another. The world is so big that ordinarily, you would have no way to see the work of people from around the world but by using hashtags, this becomes possible.
Self care takes many forms but I know many people are like me and they create, knit, crochet, sew, stitch etc. as a form of self care. It is a way for us to take some time out for ourselves and look after our mental health.
What is self care?
Self care is any activity that we do deliberately in order to take care of our mental, emotional and physical health. That sounds easy to do in theory, but is something that many of us overlook when we are dealing with our busy day to day lives.
Good self care contributes to improved mood and reduced anxiety.
It is important to remember that self care is not selfish. We are not just considering our own needs. It is about knowing what we need to do in order to look after ourselves and subsequently, being able to take care of others as well.
I know personally as a mother, the idea of taking some time for myself used to bring a good dose of ‘mum guilt’! I would dismiss it with an “I don’t have time for that” or “what could I be doing for my family with this time instead?”
I stopped and thought about it. Without taking care of myself, I did not feel like I was able to give the best of myself to my husband and children. I did not feel as though I was fully ‘present’ in each moment with them. Something had to change and from that point on, I have made time for self care, even if just for a few minutes each day. It really can make a big difference to how you feel.
This got me thinking…wouldn’t it be amazing to build a community of self care stitchers, where we could connect and share our self care makes? We could share which patterns, techniques or projects contributed to our self care and in turn, others may find those helpful too!
I went onto Instagram, searched for a few options and Stitches for Self Care hadn’t been used. With that, #StitchesForSelfcare was born.
Going forwards, I will be sharing my own self care makes using this hashtag and I hope that you will join me in spreading the self care word and in sharing your makes too!