Ever heard your teenager say, “thanks mum for suggesting I meditate, I feel so much better”? No, me neither.
Yes, I know I am a psychologist who helps young people try new things and develop mindfulness in their life. At the moment in my family though, it does not include them wanting to meditate.
However, that is the great thing about practicing mindfulness there are many paths and no one right way. Engaging in a creative activity or learning a new skill are two of these paths.
The other day in my family, it was all about the crotchet.
As a mum, it is wonderful when your teenager asks you to help them with something. To me it is affirming that I do still have a positive role I can play in their life. So, even though my crocheting skills are basic, I was happy to share them, just as my grandmother taught me about 40 years ago. And I know when I am stuck there is always on line help available from people such as the Crotchet Crowd http://thecrochetcrowd.com to help me.
As two of my children sat and crocheted the peace was palpable. As they concentrated hard on what they were doing, the mindfulness was evident.
There are many articles around on the benefits of engaging in a craft activity such as crocheting. Check out this one by Dr Sarah McKay https://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-14252/why-crafting-is-great-for-your-brain-a-neuroscientist-explains.html.
If you have a skill you shared with your young person, or your parent or grandparent shared with you, comment below.
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* My aim is for these posts is meant to useful, interesting and/or inspiring. They are not designed to be used for therapy.. If you are experiencing stress please contact your GP or mental health professional.
Kim Ross is a Psychologist and Founder of Positive Young Minds and Essential Self-Care for Psychologists.