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Rag Rugs and Improved Mental Health

Posted by Erin Halvorsen on

I am excited to share another amazing life story which includes rag rug making.

"Hi Erin,

I just wanted to say thank you. I suffer from Borderline personality disorder, clinical depression as well as generalized anxiety disorder, in short my mind is a mess.A few months ago I downsized my closet and ended up with a stack of t-shirts, I remembered that some people use t shirts for crafts and went on YouTube to see if anything struck my fancy. I found your lost art of braided rugs videos and absolutely fell in love.

Rug braiding allows me to relax my mind and keep my hands busy, it keeps me calm and relaxed. I have reduced the amount of times I have to take my emergency anxiety medication, and my depression has eased because my mind doesn't have time to dwell. And as an added bonus with Christmas coming up my whole family is getting hand made gifts without costing me anything more than the gas it took to pick up donated shirts.

I have recently taught myself to crochet and am looking forward to trying a sheet yarn rug. Thank you, and have a lovely day

Tara"

Tara stated she tries to be open about her mental health in an effort to help de-stigmatize mental illness.

I applaud you, Tara, on your frankness and willingness to share your fabulous rugs as well as your very personal story in hopes it will help others. Finding a hobby like making rag rugs has the potential to enrich and enhance a person's life through creativity, sharing, relaxation, grounding oneself to simplicity, improving cognitive ability and mental health. 

 With a smile,

Erin

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Until next time happy rag rugging!

Erin

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3 comments

  • Tara, Even without being diagnosed with any personality disorder, I find rug and bag-making extremely therapeutic. It calms me and grounds me. I always have a project or two going. I’m going to sell some of my handiwork at a Christmas fair here in France.
    Whatever Erin’s crafts do for you, more power to you!
    Hugs, Louise in France

    Louise Nicollet on
  • Tara, Even without being diagnosed with any personality disorder, I find rug and bag-making extremely therapeutic. It calms me and grounds me. I always have a project or two going. I’m going to sell some of my handiwork at a Christmas fair here in France.
    Whatever Erin’s crafts do for you, more power to you!
    Hugs, Louise in France

    Louise Nicollet on
  • Tara, Even without being diagnosed with any personality disorder, I find rug and bag-making extremely therapeutic. It calms me and grounds me. I always have a project or two going. I’m going to sell some of my handiwork at a Christmas fair here in France.
    Whatever Erin’s crafts do for you, more power to you!
    Hugs, Louise in France

    Louise Nicollet on

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