If you are currently in grad school or law school, consider this. Perhaps you need to start quilting in order to be a better student. Several days ago, I found this lovely article. It seems that so many of my friends everywhere were sharing it on social media. CNN Health's article by Jacque Wilson, "This is your Brain on Knitting" discussed the wonderful benefits of knitting and other crafting. Nothing I read in the article surprised me, but it was nice to have legitimate proof of the benefits I feel I gain by quilting.
In the article, Wilson writes:
"Crafting can help those who suffer from anxiety, depression or chronic pain, experts say. It may also ease stress, increase happiness and protect the rain from damage caused by aging."I know this to be true. My husband often teased me because I would go into my office/sewing room and quilt after a long week of school. During reading days, and the stress of finals I would split my time between quilting and studying. The only way I stayed awake through my Barbri Constitutional Law lectures was by cutting and ironing fabric and sewing simple squares. (Another plus to taking an online bar review course.) Quilting eased my stress. I felt better about everything even if I got a few minutes of piecing fabric together.
A few years ago, as I was reading Proverbs 31, I was struck by the fact that the writer of the Proverb says:
She makes coverings for her bed; She is clothed in fine linen and purple.Proverbs 31: 22
Yet here is another quilting endorsement, this time not spiritual, but as a boon to mental health. Perhaps doctors and psychiatrists might start writing prescriptions for quilting classes?
The article continues:
"There's promising evidence coming out to support what a lot of crafters have known anecdotally for quite some time," says Catherine Carey Levisay, a clinical neuropsychologist and wife of Craftsy.com CEO John Levisay. "And that's creating-- whether it be through art, music, cooking, quilting, sewing, drawing, photography (or cake decorating -- is beneficial to us in a number of important ways."
"Crafting also improves our self-efficacy, Levisay says, or how we feel about performing particular tasks. Psychologists believe a strong sense of self-efficacy is key to how we approach new challenges and overcome disappointments in life. So realizing you can, in fact, crochet a sweater for your nephew can help you tackle the next big paper your teacher assigns."So, take this to heart. Maybe law school isn't the best time to learn a new craft. Perhaps my hours quilting would have been better spent studying casebooks and memorizing law. However, my argument is now: I survived law school by quilting, what would have happened to me if I hadn't?