By: Jadyn Miller
There are many people who refuse to learn knitting because it is a “grandma’s craft.” That is simply not true! Knitting and other forms of needlework are fun pastimes for everyone, and there are many benefits that come from it. Not only are they fun ways to make things, there are also many physical and psychological benefits to them.
Knitting has a range of psychological benefits, many of which stem from the calming nature of the crafts. It is known to reduce stress, like yoga or meditation, the repetitive movement of the needles making it a calming pastime. It is also known to help with anxiety and depression. Along with this, as you finish projects, it helps to boost your self-esteem.
An issue that many of us struggle with, loneliness, can often be eased by the making of things. It helps to give some meaning to your time, as well as turning your time alone into something more enjoyable. It helps to bring comfort and a sense of purpose to your life, while also lifting your mood. This is also the reason that there has been a rise in the use of knitting and other needlework as a form of therapy.
Knitting and other similar crafts can have a strong positive impact on those with disorders, helping them to find safe and productive ways to manage their symptoms. Some things that it helps with are PTSD and anorexia. Many people find that knitting helps to ease their symptoms. Knitting works well to distract the mind, as well as bring a soothing feeling, making it perfect for helping with disorders such as these.
Along with the psychological benefits, there are also many benefits that knitting can have on your physical health. Knitting not only can help to lower your blood pressure, it has also been found to slow the onset of dementia. This is because, to knit, you must use multiple different parts of your brain simultaneously, helping to keep your mind young, and your brain well worked. Studies have shown that seniors who engage in a craft are 30-50% less likely to have a mild cognitive impairment than those who don’t.
Knitting can also help with chronic pain. Knitting makes the body release serotonin, which is a chemical that helps to numb pain. It can also help to distract you from the pain. Your brain can only focus on so much at a time, so when you become too focused on the knitting, then you can forget about the pain.
Because of this, knitting also helps people with Parkinson’s, because of the gentle repetitive motions which help to keep the hands and fingers limber.
For those interested in partaking in the fun and beneficial craft of knitting, there is an ever-growing community of people who are also learning. Because of this, there is plenty of groups out there who meet to knit, as well as online social platforms for makers to collaborate. The beautiful thing about this, is that no matter where you are, you can always find someone else to enjoy it with, so you will never really be alone.
Knitting is incredibly cheap to learn, and can help to relieve stress, as well as bringing a sense of calm into your life. It is never too late to learn, so get out there and get knitting!