That’s the message the Craft Yarn Council wants to share in recognition of National Stress Awareness Month which is observed during the month of April.
With so much information and research on the health and stress relieving effects of crochet and knitting, the Craft Yarn Council is doing their part to get the message out! Check out their Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter pages throughout April to find fun and unique ways to #StitchAwayStress. You may also want to share how you use these crafts to feel your best. Or unwind by stitching and squeezing away stress with an adorable Lemon Stress Ball pattern from creative genius Twinkie Chan.
Here are other important Stitch Away Stress dates and details
April 1 – SAS Launch: The CYC will launch its second annual Stitch Away Stress social media campaign and Social Media Lemon Drop on Facebook and Instagram inspiring people to “make lemons into lemonade.”
April 1-30 – Social Media Lemon Drop: The CYC invites you to make a lemon stress ball and “drop it” to someone who may be stressed out or could use a dose of sunshine and a smile throughout the month or on one of the most stressful days of the year, Tax Day, April 18th!
Here’s how you can participate:
MAKE IT Download the crochet or knit version of the “when life gives you lemons” lemon stress ball pattern. Attach a tag to the lemon with a note that states why you crochet, or how it makes you feel, why you picked up the craft, or just a happy word or two that will brighten the someone’s day.
SNAP a photo of your completed lemon with tag. Or take a selfie while you’re crocheting, or “dropping it” to the recipient.
DROP your completed lemon stress ball off to someone who may be stressed out or might need their day brightened; think co-worker, boss, child’s teacher or principal, friend, family member, doctor.
POST your selfie or photo on social media along with the hashtags #stitchawaystress and #CYClemondrop. You can also share what you wrote on your tag in the post, or another inspiring message in order to spread the joy and inform others about the stress-reducing benefits of knitting and crochet.
And don’t miss the fun on April 18! Look for the CYC on the Today Show in NYC and share the news about the CYC being at the Today Show and handing out 2,000+ lemon stress balls at the Penn Station Post Office to help de-stress taxpayers on one of the most stressful days of the year, Tax Day!