Episode 016: Leah Churchley on Anxiety & Knitting

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When I started this podcast back in the summer, one of the first responses I got back was from Leah Churchley. She’s a knitter and participates regularly on our SweetGeorgia Ravelry group… she joins our knit alongs and posts in our forums. She comes to our studio events, and is just all around super nice and sweet. She reached out to me and with a message that sort of read, If you ever want to interview a normal boring knitter, just let me know! Well, yes, I am totally interested in connecting with knitters, even the self-proclaimed so called normal boring knitters, because I think everyone has an interesting story to tell about their craft and how it fits in with their lives.

And as Leah and I started chatting, it turns out that she is actually very passionate about something besides knitting, and that is sharing her story of anxiety and how knitting helps her manage her anxiety. In 2011, Leah was diagnosed with Generalized Anxiety Disorder and since that time has become an advocate for mental health. I’d like to introduce you to Leah in this episode today.

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Thanks for Listening!

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Thank you so much to Leah for joining me this episode. Until next time!

Music Credits:

The Young and Beautiful – by Ivory Hours
Somewhere Near the River – by Little Chief (on NoiseTrade)

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About Felicia Lo

founder + creative director of SweetGeorgia // designer + dreamer // wife + mama // dyer, knitter, spinner, weaver, youtuber + author // been writing this blog about colour and craft since 2004 // see what I am making @lomeetsloom and @sweetgeorgia.

6 thoughts on “Episode 016: Leah Churchley on Anxiety & Knitting

  1. Avatar Reneé says:

    What a great podcast and thank you for sharing your story Leah.

  2. Avatar Reneé says:

    What a great podcast and thank you for sharing your story Leah.

  3. Avatar Lisa Shorten says:

    Thank you, Felicia, for introducing Leah to all of us! She is very brave for sharing her story. I have struggled with generalized anxiety and depression for most of my life, only being diagnosed in my early 30s. I have also found the knitting community to be very supportive. The only thing I would add to Leah’s advice is that CBT (cognitive behaviour therapy) and gestalt therapy can be incredible useful for managing anxiety as well.

    take care,

  4. Avatar Lisa Shorten says:

    Thank you, Felicia, for introducing Leah to all of us! She is very brave for sharing her story. I have struggled with generalized anxiety and depression for most of my life, only being diagnosed in my early 30s. I have also found the knitting community to be very supportive. The only thing I would add to Leah’s advice is that CBT (cognitive behaviour therapy) and gestalt therapy can be incredible useful for managing anxiety as well.

    take care,

  5. Avatar Mary Moury says:

    So many thanks to Leah for sharing this story. I kept nodding through the whole interview because I could have told the exact same story. I too manage my anxiety with knitting and medication. Thank you for helping to end the stigma.

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