Knitting, sewing, and quilting among other crafts may appear like nothing much than pleasant hobbies. However, there is more of these activities that meet the eye. According to the recent research, engaging in crafts regularly have tangible and sensible health benefits. This is what getting crafty may do for you.
The repetitive, rhythmic movements and intensive attention required of certain crafts may seem to produce the calming impact akin to mediation. Basing on the online study which surveyed over 3000 knitters, published in England of the Occupational Therapy, the respondents reflected that there is a relationship between feeling calm and knitting frequency. As noted knitting was “soothing” and “restful” besides having Zen-like and meditative qualities. The majority noted that it helps in relieving stress and also it unwind pressures of work. Moreover, human beings with anxiety disorders informed that knitting always helped them to cope with these stressful situations.
Head off a cognitive decline
According to the Journal of clinical neurosciences that were published, researchers interviewed the adults with mild cognitive impairment. The participants surveyed reported that those who engage in activities of crafting like quilting and knitting have the lowest risk of getting mild cognitive impairment. Also, the reduction is noted to the people who spend their time working on computers, reading books and playing cognitive games. Additionally, mentally engaging activities which include crafting might help in protecting certain neurological pathways around the brain.
Helps human being in coping with chronic pain
Those living with chronic pain face a challenge and not just psychologically but physically, predisposing sufferers to social isolation, depression as well as perceived loss of identity and control. According to an online survey conducted in Royal United Hospital (England), those who participate in knitting feels a sense of an increased purpose, hence they have control as they value it as their hobby. Also, knitting controlled and distracted them from pain. Those who belong to the knitting and quilting group felt less isolated thus enjoying their sense of belonging. These social activities are great for help.
Empowers ladies with eating disorders
As published in the journal of weight and Eating Disorders through the small Canadian study crafting has a positive impact on empowering eating disorders to women. Women who participated in knitting lessons reported that knitting affected their psychological state. Many revealed that lessened knitting intensity of their preoccupation and fears with their eating habits and disorders. Also, it has a therapeutic and calming effect. Indeed, it provides pride, satisfaction as well senses of accomplishment to their lives.
Knitting helps in feeling some measurement of “happiness” even if it is a “little happy” it reduces sad moods. This appears to confer a remarkable additional benefit to people with depression. As reported by those interviewed the knitting group aid on attaining self-esteem and increasing happiness. Nevertheless, quilting, knitting or other forms crafting should not be considered as a substitute for any professional treatment when you are very anxious or depressed. It’s a pleasure both psychologically and physically to engage in crafting.