SELF-CARE ACT#328

sew

CATEGORY

Psychological

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TIME

30 min-1 hour

BUDGET

$2 for the needle and thread

This is a self-care act from good old days.

Earlier in time, sewing was a necessary life skill: without it, you couldn’t make your clothes.

For my mom’s generation, it was a necessary skill. Even if she was educated, a woman had to know how to sew. And how to cook. And bake, etc.

But for women of my generation, at least in western societies, it’s a hobby.

Which I’m glad I practiced as a kid.

When my grandma thought me how to sew and my mom how to embroider.

I remember sitting next to one of them, on long winter evenings, side by side, in a quiet room hot mint tea on the table.

I always drunk my tea cold.

Because I was totally absorbed.

And if you’ve ever tried it, you know that sewing or embroidering are activities that requires all your attention and focus.

It’s so centering that nothing exists besides it.

Nothing exists but the next stitch.

It’s relaxing, soothing, comforting. And useful because it serves a purpose: you can mend your son’s pockets or add the missing button of this vintage outfit you got in a thrift store a week ago.

Yesterday, I was able to do this and I was also able to realize one thing: for the first time in my life, I needed someone with better eyes than mine to pass the thread through the needle’s eye.

That was my mission when I used to embroider with my mom.

I guess it’s time for me to teach my kids new skills.

WHY IS IT SELF-CARE? Sewing is a relaxing and highly centering activity. Great for practicing mindfulness and ground yourself in the present.

MORE ABOUT THIS

You might be surprised by the benefits of sewing.

Here are a few:

  • Increase hand eye coordination
  • Spend time away from screens
  • Practice mindfulness

and many others, here: 6 reasons why sewing benefits your mental health

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