The Artists Way – book review

by | Jul 4, 2022

The artists way by Julia Cameron has been one of the most influential books I have read about moving forward in creative practice. She talks about writing morning pages, and at the present stage. I am still working with this the most. There are many other things she has in the book for homework exercises, however, I will need to re-read it at a later stage to implement these processes.

So morning pages mean writing three pages every morning to get everything clear in my mind. This helps me to get any negative things or difficulties on the page and then work through a process on how to manage these difficulties and overcome them and ask for clarification or requests from God. It helps me sort through what things I need to be working on today to ensure that each day I make progress in my business.

When I did the ‘Immersion” course with Bonnie Christine, she talks about doing one thing each day to ensure you move towards your business goals. This is something I have taken on board and implemented each day. Some days don’t always make it into pages, but I am still moving very slowly in that direction.

Another of my business idols is Stacey Bloomfield, her motto is ‘slow growth is good growth’, this is so true and I absolutely relate to it.

Further, about the Artists Way, Julia Cameron talks about having an artist date. It is supposed to be on your own but I enjoy doing things with people, especially my family. However I do walk the dogs on my own often, so I guess I have my artist date each time I walk. There is always something different to see, a flower, or type of leaf, or an idea I get when just walking for that short time each day. I find it to be an extremely valuable experience. I take my phone so I can photograph something I may like to draw later. I also like to say hello to at least one person on my way, it gives me a feeling of community.

There are many other things Julia Cameron talks about in her book, but these two are the things that are what I have implemented so far and made a life-changing difference. This has changed the way I can focus and produce work for my business.

I enjoyed this book, however, I found some parts with the homework overwhelming, so I have left them until I get these first two into a pattern that is working. I recommend this book to anyone who needs clarity and direction in building their business. Of course, I still need clarification from others, but I get a good grounding on a direction first.

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In the hustle and bustle of modern life, finding moments of peace and tranquility can seem like a distant dream. However, nestled in the gentle rhythm of yarn and hook lies a timeless practice that not only produces beautiful creations but also fosters relaxation and enhances mental well-being. Welcome to the world of crochet – a therapeutic journey for the mind and soul.

More Than Just a Hobby

Crochet, the art of creating fabric using a hook and yarn, has been cherished for generations as a beloved pastime. Beyond its aesthetic appeal, research indicates that engaging in crochet can have profound effects on mental health and overall well-being.

The study conducted by Barry University in 2011 highlighted the positive impacts of crochet on mental health, specifically in managing depression, anxiety, and stress. Additionally, it explored how crochet can be utilized as a coping mechanism during significant life transitions such as the loss of a loved one, divorce, or serious illness.

 The Relaxation Response

One of the most significant benefits of crochet is its ability to induce the relaxation response. Similar to meditation, this physiological state is characterized by decreased heart rate, lowered blood pressure, and reduced levels of stress hormones. The repetitive movements of crocheting, combined with its focused attention requirement, gently guide practitioners into a state of calmness and tranquility.

“I leant how to crochet because I have a child with an chronic medical condition. I spend so much time in hospital, at appointments and in emergency situations. It’s so calming to be productive when you are so useless otherwise. It helps me to not resent the time we spend dealing with illness if I can combine it with a hobby.” Respondent 2596 (Theme: Health)

Stress Reduction and Anxiety Management

In today’s fast-paced world, stress and anxiety have become everyday challenges for many. Fortunately, crochet offers a simple yet effective solution. Studies have shown that regularly engaging in activities like crochet can significantly reduce stress levels and alleviate symptoms of anxiety. The meditative nature of crochet allows individuals to escape the pressures of daily life, providing a soothing balm for the mind.

When questioned about their crochet habits, participants mentioned various locations: primarily at home (95.8%), followed by while waiting for appointments (50.8%), at the residences of family and friends (46.1%), in vehicles (41.1%), and on public transportation (25%). The versatility of crochet and its ability to start social conversations are highlighted by the following quotes.

“[…} the number of conversations that have been started by a stranger about the crochet project I’m working on in public never ceases to amaze me!” Respondent 1379 (Theme: Connection)

“While you are crocheting, in public like on the train, people like to talk to you, and it is really nice , much better than looking at the phone.” Respondent 1607 (Theme: Connection)

“It’s incredible how many people will come and ask you what you’re making, comment on the WIP [work in progress] and the colour/design. It’s great!! Who knew! Not me before trying.” Respondent 2860 (Theme: Conne

Enhancing Cognitive Function

Beyond its immediate calming effects, crochet also offers long-term benefits for cognitive function. Research suggests that activities like crochet stimulate the brain, promoting neuroplasticity and enhancing cognitive abilities such as problem-solving, concentration, and memory retention. By challenging the mind in a gentle and enjoyable manner, crochet serves as an excellent form of mental exercise.

Crocheters vs. Non-Crocheters

Numerous studies have investigated the correlation between engaging in creative activities like crochet and mental well-being. According to recent research, individuals who regularly practice crochet exhibit lower levels of stress, reduced symptoms of depression, and an overall higher sense of well-being compared to those who do not crochet. These findings highlight the therapeutic potential of crochet in promoting mental health and resilience.

Embracing the Healing Power of Crochet

In a world where self-care is increasingly prioritised, crochet stands out as a valuable tool for nurturing brain wellness. Whether you’re a seasoned crafter or a curious beginner, the benefits of crochet are accessible to all. So, why not pick up a hook, select your favorite yarn, and embark on a journey of relaxation and self-discovery? Your mind and spirit will thank you for it.

Engaging in Crochet Groups

Only a minority of respondents (26.3%) participated in crochet groups (18). However, among these respondents, a notable proportion reported feeling less lonely through crochet (31.3%), and over one-third mentioned making new friends through this activity (39.2%). This implies that involvement in crochet can positively influence social connectedness, so supporting its integration into social prescribing programs. Social prescribing aims to assist individuals with diverse social, emotional, or practical needs, with many programs focusing on enhancing brain health and physical well-being. Potential beneficiaries of social prescribing schemes encompass individuals with mild or chronic brain health issues, those with complex needs, socially isolated individuals, and those with multiple long-term conditions who frequently utilise primary or secondary healthcare services.

An unexpected discovery was the sense of connection to both past and future generations, as highlighted by a couple of participants.

“[…] I come from a long line of women crocheters – great grandmother, Aboriginal grandmother, and mother…. and me! It unites us even though all of them have died. and I reflect back on items they made… I have a ball of blue silk yarn that was my great grandmothers… and occasionally I will chain a little of it to feel it run through my hand… I use her hand me down hook as well… I have a collection of hooks from them all. […]” Respondent 124 (Theme: Connection)

[…] It’s nice to do something my gran did (she taught me). Sort of like carrying on a tradition by making heirlooms for my kids, using a technique taught to me by their great grandmother. Nice feels :)” Respondent 1576 (Theme: Connection)


In conclusion, crochet is much more than just a creative hobby – it’s a powerful therapeutic practice with profound effects on brain health and well-being. From reducing stress and anxiety to enhancing cognitive function, the benefits of crochet are backed by research and embraced by countless individuals worldwide. So, let’s weave a tapestry of tranquility and embrace the healing power of crochet in our lives.