What a year we have all endured! The pandemic has forced most of us into our own homes, increased health anxieties, stress and inflicted prolonged separation from friends and families. The good news is that knitting along with other creative crafts can help to manage stress, anxiety and even strengthen the immune system. Read on to discover how.
How Can Knitting Help Manage Challenges During Covid-19?
Whether you are working from home or dealing with even more demands due to Covid, it can be hard to find the time to stop. There is always the next load of laundry to be done or meal to be made. However, it is important to take the time to slow down each day and return to the present moment. Knitting offers a chance to escape from the daily to do’s and to immerse into a creative project which is beneficial for both mental and physical health. Polly Leonard, founder of Selvedge magazine said, “At times of economic stress and social upheaval, we often turn to craft, as creating something with our hands makes us feel good”.
Knitting As Meditation
The rhythmic nature of knitting has been compared to meditation and yoga. As we knit both our brain and our hands are focused on the task. This promotes mindfulness and focus. It is very difficult to worry and knit or indeed to concentrate on much else! This is really the idea of meditation, to direct our attention on a specific object, mantra or the breath. As we do this our heart and breathing rate slows down, releasing stress and promoting calm thoughts and feelings.
Benefits of Knitting
Knitting has enjoyed a boom in popularity and in recent years much research has been published on the health benefits. The craft is known to slow the onset of dementia, support chronic pain sufferers and alleviate feelings of depression and anxiety. If you are interested in learning more about the benefits, see our earlier blog article here.
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