My favourite reasons for crafting at your desk March 15, 2019 02:08 2 Comments

Crafting at work

Before I did Craft Club for a living, I worked in offices. There's a lot of good things about offices - from ergonomic chairs to the bond with your work husband or wife. I still miss a good office chairs not least because mine was a lovely place to craft!

If you work in an office, you’ve probably seen it all when it comes to lunchtime activities. Whether it's getting in those 100 squats, or meditating in the cafe, there are plenty of ways to utilise the time, and crafting is one of the best ways to do it.

As a lover of all things crafty and creative, I’m probably a little bit biased. But knitting, crochet and embroidery office-desk-style all come with a whole host of benefits, and they aren’t limited to looking like that ‘I’ve got my life together’ London-living woman. Yes, I am doing a bit of embroidery on the tube. So what?

Here’s my take on the top reasons why crafting at your desk is totally OK (and actually good for you).

Crafting has been known to boast some similar benefits to meditation, and losing yourself in some knitting or embroidery is one of the best ways of blocking out all the bits of working life that can eat into your free time. Losing yourself in crafting is one of the easiest ways to be mindful, without actually meditating or doing yoga at your desk.

This is what is known as ‘active rest’: you’re taking some time out, but you’re creating something, which makes you feel like you’ve used that lunch hour wisely. Despite the fact that you will have achieved a lot just by crafting for an hour, you’ll feel ready to grab the afternoon by the horns as a result.

Making something crafty has been proven to be one of nature’s ways of boosting your mood, and getting in some stress-busting crafting can release some of that all-good-vibes dopamine in your body. Not only this, but when people tell you that it looks great, you get another surge of the happy stuff, so it’s good news for your general mood.

You’ll soon see how much people are interested in your crafting at work, and when they spark up these conversations (and come out as closet crafters themselves) you’ll be collecting those feel-good vibes like there’s no tomorrow. 

More and more people are bringing their creative hobbies to the office desk, and with all of these health benefits (as well as the social implications of everyone looking at your awesome embroidery) it’s no wonder that crafting is getting the the space that it deserves at work. Come on, it even slows down the rate at which your brain ages, which we all need, right?

If you’re still not convinced, consider that crafting is an intergenerational thing. It's a lovely way to broaden your social circle in an unexpected way. So take it from me, it's definitely time to start crafting at work. So, what are you waiting for?

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Do you ever craft at work? If you do, I'd really love to hear your experience of it! What did your colleagues think? Were you proud of your work or did you feel a bit self conscious? Did people ask you about it? What are the practical limitations (my knitting used to tangle with chair arms, but I liked that my chair made me sit well! Hit and let me know.