Knitting has been around for centuries and is often seen as a hobby for the elderly. However, knitting can also be a great way to improve your mental health!
In this blog post, I will discuss the therapeutic benefits of knitting and how it can help you manage anxiety, stress and depression.
Why is knitting so good for our mental health?
Knitting is a form of mindfulness that can help to focus your attention on the present moment.
It is a two-handed and across-the-body activity. Knitting involves a series of automatic, rhythmic, and repeated movements. This form of movement consumes a lot of mental energy. Because your brain’s capacity is restricted, you are less likely to worry about future events or ruminate on past experiences. This can help to reduce anxiety and stress levels.
In addition, serotonin production can be boosted by repetitive movement. Consider how we tap or rock when we’re stressed. A contemplative state can be aided by the beat. Knitting has a similar effect and can be a great way to relax and de-stress. The repetitive motions involved in knitting help to calm the mind and body.
Once your mind has relaxed, you are also likely to get a better night’s sleep, which will also improve your mood, memory, and focus.
Knitting also provides you with a sense of accomplishment and pride in your work. One year I learned how to knit Santa hats and I kitted out all myfamily, as well as our friends. When we got together on Christmas Eve, wearing our bright red bobble hats I felt a burst of pride. I had made them and everyone loved them!
How to start knitting for your mental health
If you’re interested in trying knitting for yourself, there are a few things you’ll need to get started.
You will need:
- Needles ( depending on the type of yarn, you will need either double-pointed needles, circular needles or straight needles)
- A pattern ( if you’re a beginner, I recommend starting with a simple scarf or dishcloth pattern)
Once you have gathered all of your supplies, you’re ready to start knitting!
If you’re a visual learner, there are plenty of YouTube videos that can teach you the basics of knitting. Alternatively, many craft stores offer classes on how to knit.
Knitting can also help you make friends
There are also knitting groups that meet up regularly to knit and chat. This can be a great way to socialize and meet new people who share your interests. It’s also a great way to learn new knitting techniques.
If you’re feeling shy, you can go and knit quietly until you get to know the other members of the group. It might be unnerving at first, but you will soon bond over patterns and yarn.
Knitting groups provide support and motivation, and they can also be a lot of fun!
If you are feeling down or struggling with mental health issues, I encourage you to give knitting a try. It’s never too late to learn!