4 Ways to Sustain Your Mental Health in Your Crochet Business

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As someone who has been there myself in the past, it can be difficult to find the joy in crocheting after awhile once you had turned your crochet hobby into a business. That doesn’t mean it has to be all or nothing, though. Check out the four tips below on how to sustain your mental health while working your crochet business. 

1. Learn to Say "No"

Know the things you like to make, and say no to the things you don’t. If you don’t want to take custom orders, then DON’T. It might be easier said than done, but it really can be that easy. Not sure how to say it? 

“I’m sorry, I’m not currently taking custom orders, but here is what I currently have in stock/offer.” 

There ya go, copy, paste, make small changes, and that’s all you have to do! 

2. Make Something for YOU

Every once in a while, I like to make something for ME. It helps to ground me and remind me why I started crocheting in the first place. It’s easy to get burnt out, especially when we are making the same thing over and over and over, on a deadline. 

3. Have Another "Hobby"

If you haven’t figure it out already, I love crocheting, and I also love reading. “The Hooking Reader” should really be a big hint for that. Most of my business revolves around the crocheting and stitch markers, but I will throw reading in there once in a while. When I’m tired of crocheting, and need a break, I pick up my books. And occasionally, when I remember, I’ll write a book review on them. 

4. Set Actual Business Hours

Look, I get that most, if not all of us, get our best crocheting done on the couch in front of the TV at night, BUT only do that if you enjoy it. Otherwise, set actual business hours that you will work your business and know those boundaries. You are an actual business after all. We need to step out of this current mindset that just because we see a message that we have to respond RIGHT NOW. That message/email will be there tomorrow morning during your business hours. 

You can do this without losing your love for crochet. I believe in you! And remember, there's always a rainbow after the rain.