Knitting is definitely becoming trendy again, and one of the reasons is likely its therapeutic benefits.
Repetitive Movements are Calming
According to Psychology Today, the rhythmic and repetitive movements made when knitting have a relaxing effect on the whole body. Your brain is allowed to concentrate on a concrete task at hand which brings your thoughts and awareness more into the present. This means that you are less likely to spend time stressing over things in the past and future, which is great news for those of us who are over-thinkers and prone to anxiety!
Can Improve Anxiety Related to Eating Disorders
A study from 2009 noted that people with food disorders demonstrated a marked decrease in their anxiety levels when they knitted. A hypothesis was that it gave them a sense of accomplishment in completing small, creative tasks, which is a good mindset for managing to overcome more difficult tasks.
Creativity Boosts Motivation
“Engaging in creative behaviour leads to increases in well-being the next day, and this increased well-being is likely to facilitate creative activity on the same day”
In an article published in The Telegraph, it was emphasised that creative behaviour in general is more likely to make you feel better and therefore be more productive in your tasks. If this behaviour starts, you are also more likely to improve in well-being on the same day and the next. For someone who often struggles with motivation this is great to know, and it could help with general task management too!
Can Improve Memory by up to 10 Percent
It has been found that moving your eyes from side to side for 30 seconds each day improves your memory capacity. Eye movements have been linked to our ability to access our recall memory, since they might be encouraging interaction between both the left and right hemispheres of the brain. Since knitting involves a great deal of exactly this, it sounds as if knitting might be good for more than just creativity and relaxation.
These are just some examples of the many benefits of knitting – don’t forget all the cute presents you can make people either. It certainly sounds like a win-win situation to me!
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