Here, we talk about all the subjects that encompass the quilting universe. And the quilter’s health couldn’t be left out! After all, without quilters, there is no quilting, and we don’t want quilting to end! Therefore, we have to take care of the quilter first. That is one of Orbita’s mottos: health always comes first. And we think that sometimes this may not be the focus of some quilters. Well, those who don’t take care of themselves may end up with physical damage that forces them to stop their activities years before. And since we love quilting, we don’t want to stop quilting years before. And even less because we have damaged our bodies so much that they are no longer able to perform this activity! So let’s start today a series of special posts about quilter’s health! And let’s start with a very basic topic: vaccination!
We deal with sharp materials all day long: scissors, needles, pins, cutter blades, in short, every step in the execution of a quilt is a new opportunity to get a puncture or cut. Tetanus is a serious disease, caused by bacteria in the form of spores. What people often overlook is that these spores, besides remaining “alive” for many years, do not exist only in rusty environments. In other words, any wound is a risk for tetanus. Even if your pin is not rusty, it is a risk! And, particularly, we prick ourselves almost every day with pins, so the risk is very high. So always keep your tetanus vaccination up to date! And remember: always wash all wounds very well with water and neutral soap. The quilter’s health is the first factor to be taken into consideration when thinking about good quilting. If the quilter is not well, the quilting is not well.
Crafting: Understand why it’s good for your mental health. In times of pandemic, several people are looking for activities to distract themselves. One of them is handicrafts, which include knitting, crocheting, weaving, pottery, embroidery, and others. But did you know that crafts can contribute to our mental health? First of all, using your hands to perform any task demands more of your attention, freeing your mind from negative thoughts, bringing the focus only to the present. Especially during this time, when the news is frightening and hits people’s mental health extremely hard, crafts are a great way to entertain yourself.
The relationship between crafts and the brain – According to a survey of over 3,545 craftspeople, participants reported stress relief and the awakening of creativity while doing crafts. In addition, the study showed that those who practiced crafts more than 3 times a week felt less anxious, more confident, and a sense of well-being. In addition, another study published in the journal Neurology found that crafts may also reduce the risk of cognitive declines in memory. Also according to the researchers, people who engage in any craft activity are 73% less likely to develop the problem during the aging process. Benefits – As seen above, crafting can bring a number of benefits to the body and mind, which may include:
- Improve social connections;
- Increasing concentration;
- Promote the development of coordination and motor skills;
- Reducing stress levels;
- Encouraging imagination and creativity;
- Protect memory and reduce the risk of mental impairment;
- Facilitate learning and relaxation techniques, meditation and rhythm;
- Assist in the treatment of depression and anxiety.
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