Crafting with Anxiety (AD)

As someone who suffers from anxiety and mental health problems I am always eager to find different ways to distract my brain. I have found that crafting offers the perfect form of escapism. Crafting keeps your hands and your mind busy, allowing you to immerse yourself in the present. It is a calming and rewarding activity. There are many different forms of crafting, all of which require different levels of concentration and skill. I have dabbled in a range of crafting over the years including, but not limited to, adult colouring books, felting, jewellery making and scrapbooking.

*Disclaimer – This post contains a paid for advert for Design Bundles. I admire the company for promoting the work of individuals. I have further decided to work with Design Bundles as I believe crafting can help those who suffer from mental health problems. If you have any questions either drop a comment below or you can find my email address on my contact page

Adult Colouring Books – 

Adult colouring books are the perfect distraction from your own mind. The concentration that the colouring requires means that you are unable to focus on your thoughts and feelings. I enjoy grabbing a cup of tea, putting a program on in the background and colouring. I’m not the best at colouring, however I do enjoy it and it does look pretty.

 

Felting – 

It’s safe to say that I won’t be winning any awards for my felting skills!

 However, as long as you enjoy yourself then it doesn’t matter if the end product isn’t perfect. If you want to try out a craft, don’t let your skills (or lack of) hold you back.

 

Scrapbooking –

As you will see from the above attempts at artistry I am not very good! I do, however, have a creative mind. One of my favourite types of crafting is scrapbooking, you can invest in lots of accessories, etc… to make it look pretty without having to draw or design anything too intricate yourself.

My experiences with scrapbooking have been quite basic but it is something that I would love to get more into. Over at Design Bundles they offer a wide range of templates for SVGs, Cut Files, Embroidery, Paper Cutting, Scrapbooking and More. These templates are perfect for both the advanced crafter and the amateur. If, like me, you’re useless at creating your own graphics then these files are perfect for crafting.

There are a wide range of SVG cutting files for sale which can be found here. SVG cutting files are graphics which can be used on adhesive vinyl, heat transfer, t-shirt vinyl, or any other cutting surface. Furthermore, the size of SVG files can be increased, or decreased without impacting on the quality of the image. The possibilities of crafting with SVG cutting files are endless.

The files can be used for a huge range of different crafts, for example:

The vinyl heat transfers can be used to create items such as customised t-shirts, tote bags, leather notebooks and can even be used wood (providing you have the necessary equipment). If this all sounds a little too advance for you at the moment then the SVG cutting files can also simply be used for scrapbooking. Once you own them the possibilities are endless and the file can be used countless times for numerous designs.

 

Design Bundles is a platform which allows independent sellers to showcase and sell their work. Not only are you crafting but you’re also supporting independent retailers and celebrating their skills. I have linked a couple of my favourite files below which can be instantly downloaded allowing you to immediately get crafting!

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These quotes would be great either for scrapbooking or for making t-shirts. They can be found here

 

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Quotes are the perfect way to start your crafting journey. These ones are really uplifting and can be found here.

 

Have a look at the SVG cutting files for sale and drop me a comment below telling me which ones are your favourite!

 

Happy Crafting!

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21 thoughts on “Crafting with Anxiety (AD)

    1. Really? Crafting can be a brilliant way to coping with mental health, unfortunately for me I’m not very artistic but there are still ways I can dabble ☺️

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    1. Ooo thanks for the recommendation! I’ve tried some colouring apps before, I’ll have to give this one a go ☺️ It can be really helpful to keep your thoughts at bay sometimes!

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      1. Absolutely. It’s almost colouring by numbers but I really enjoy it. Can pass away plenty of insomnia and it makes you relax and sleepy at nights. Hope you’re having a good Friday 😊

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  1. I love knitting, drawing, and random crafting for dealing with my anxiety and mood swings, too! Helps take your mind off other things (at least as long as the perfectionist inside shuts up!). 🙂

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    1. Thank you! ☺️ My mum taught me to cross stitch many years ago, I tried it again recently but it didn’t go very well! I’ll have to try again ☺️

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