5 Ways Knitting Helps with Mental Health

5 Ways Knitting Helps with Mental Health

Lately we've been doing some research into what actually goes on in the brain while knitting. We were stunned to find out that it can actually help improve your brain's function! Here's 5 benefits we found knitting gives us.

1. Slows Cognitive Decline

Knitting utilises almost the entire brain, engaging movement with precision and planning ahead stimulates and improves brain activity.

According to a study by Mayo Clinic, those who participate in arts and crafts like knitting are almost 50% less likely to experience 'mild cognitive impairment' than those who don't.

2. Helps to Alleviate Symptoms of Anxiety, Stress and Depression

The feelings of anxiety and depression are brought on by an over-thinking of the future or past.

The rhythmic motions and sense of focus from knitting can bring your mind further into the present moment, which is what is needed to alleviate those feelings of anxiety, stress and depression.

3. Gives You a Sense of Pride

Taking on a challenge and completing it leaves you with a priceless feeling of achievement.

Knitting is a great way to give yourself this rewarding feeling which goes a long way towards maintaining a positive mood.

Sharing your projects and ideas with others can help enhance this sense of pride. That's why we recommend joining our free Facebook commuknitty 😊

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4. Meditative Benefits

Meditation is a powerful way to bring your mind into the present moment.

The repetitive motions of a knitting project can have the same effects on the brain as meditation, which lowers your heart rate, relaxes you and helps relieve stress.

Much like meditation, with consistent practice, you'll find you're able to keep your mind much more focused and present during the rest of your day too.

5. Helps to Improve Motor Functions

The precise and repetitive motions of knitting engages almost the entire brain and improves the hand to brain connection. You'll find knitting will help with finger dexterity and improve your motor skills.

We've been doing more research into the benefits of knitting and honestly the list is endless!

We were quite surprised when we found out how great knitting can be for the brain and it's helped us realise how important it is to keep up the skill.

If you have any experiences with these benefits from knitting, let us know in the comments below. We'd love to hear about them  😊

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