How knitting and Crocheting can save your life!
Well, not exactly, but knitting and crocheting are not just enjoyable hobbies-they can also have a positive impact on your mental health. I once had someone put me down for spending time crocheting as if to say, “Get a life!” But everyone unwinds one way or another and both knitting and crocheting can be important elements for self-care and even healing! Here are some reasons why:
Reduces stress and anxiety: Knitting and crocheting have been shown to lower stress and anxiety levels. The repetitive movements and focus required for these activities can be meditative and calming, helping to reduce feelings of anxiety.
Increases mindfulness: Knitting and crocheting require concentration and focus, which can help improve mindfulness. By focusing on the present moment and the task at hand, you can quiet your mind and reduce distractions.
Boosts self-esteem: Completing a knitting or crochet project can give you a sense of accomplishment and boost your self-esteem. This can be particularly beneficial for individuals who struggle with low self-esteem or depression and is wonderful for children!
Provides something to look forward to each day: Having a knitting or crochet project to work on can provide a sense of anticipation and structure to your day. This can be a time when you are quiet and calm and fun at the same time. It is a great substitute for a daily glass of wine to unwind!
Enhances social connections: Knitting and crocheting can be social activities, whether it's attending a knitting group or sharing your projects online. This can help reduce feelings of isolation and provide a sense of community and support.
Provides a creative outlet: Knitting and crocheting are creative activities that allow you to express yourself and tap into your creativity. This can be particularly beneficial for individuals who struggle with anxiety or depression, as it can break negative thought patterns to allow a fresh look at things.
Improves cognitive function: Knitting and crocheting require hand-eye coordination and problem-solving skills, which can help improve cognitive function and keep your brain sharp.
It is a wonderful way to turn annoying wait times like a doctor’s appointment or a flight into a delightful time. It creates very patient patients!
In conclusion, knitting and crocheting can have many positive benefits for your mental health, including reducing stress and anxiety, boosting self-esteem, and providing a sense of joy in the moment and community. So, whether you are a long time crafter or you have never done either knitting or crochet, consider doing it for your mental health-it’s basically free therapy!