Knitting has the power to heal and transform a person’s life in incredible ways.
For some, it has literally been a life-saver.
Scientific research (and plenty of anecdotal evidence) has shown that knitting has many therapeutic benefits and can boost overall feelings of well-being. Knitting can help to manage stress and reduce symptoms of various mental and physical conditions.
Below are just some of the therapeutic benefits of knitting and how knitting can contribute to holistic health and well-being.
6 Essential Elements of Holistic Wellness
1: Mental & Emotional
Therapeutic knitting is used to manage various mental health and emotional issues, including:
Stress ~ Low mood ~ Depression ~ Anxiety ~ PTSD ~Addiction ~ Eating Disorders
Knitting is a natural and affordable wellness tool that fits right in your bag (so it is always there when you need it.) The portability of knitting makes it an effective and accessible tool to help manage stress, panic, anxiety, and depression.
The rhythm and repetitive motion of working the same stitch over and over is meditative; it calms the heart rate and breathing, and creates feelings of relaxation, stability and inner calm.
Knitting offers visual and tactile stimulation, which has been shown to improve mood, and boost overall feelings of well-being. When you hold yarn in your hands that feels good, it literally makes you feel good too!
For those dealing with chronic pain and long-term medical conditions, life can be especially challenging.
Knitting is a rewarding and productive activity that you can do during long periods of forced rest. Knitting gives you something to look forward to and to be excited about. It can be a welcome distraction for a ruminating or unoccupied mind. And it gives you a boost of confidence, self-esteem, and motivation!
Research suggests that stress can cause or exacerbate up to 90% of medical conditions. Unless we get our stress under control, it can manifest in the form of various physical issues, such as:
Heart Attacks ~ Hypertension ~ Diabetes ~ Asthma ~ Chronic Pain ~ Insomnia ~ Allergies ~ Headaches ~ Backache ~ Skins Disorders ~ Cancer ~ Suppressed Immune System ~ Chronic Fatigue ~ Fibromyalgia
Knitting can help to reduce the harmful effects of stress on our physical well-being.
Knitting can help to maintain brain health. Intellectually stimulating activities, such as knitting, can decrease the risk of mild cognitive impairment, a possible precursor to Alzheimer’s Disease and other forms of dementia. As the saying goes “use it or lose it.”
Knitting can help manage difficult symptoms of chronic pain. By busying the mind sufficiently, knitting can help distract sufferers from the pain (at least momentarily). Research also suggests that the rhythmical, repetitive motions of knitting could enhance the release of serotonin, a naturally occurring analgesic (painkiller). This may explain why knitters report feeling lower levels of pain while knitting.
Social isolation and loneliness can have a detrimental impact on our health and well-being.
Joining a knitting group and connecting with other knitters is a great way to make friends of all ages and from diverse backgrounds. Through the mutual interest in knitting, you can make supportive and life-long friends. Participating in supportive social groups encourages mutual learning, exploration and discovery.
If you’re unable to physically join a knitting group right now, vibrant online communities like Ravelry, make connecting with other people who share your passion super easy!
By its very nature, knitting is a natural, sustainable and eco-friendly activity.
But you get extra “green” bonus points by choosing to knit with ethically produced yarns. By purchasing fiber that is organically raised, minimally processed, and naturally dyed, you vote with your dollars to promote environmental wellness and support businesses who are working to expand green choices and initiatives.
Life-long learning and personal growth are integral to holistic wellness.
Knitting offers endless opportunities for us to learn new skills and develop and grow as individuals. Research shows that regular novelty is a cornerstone of neuroplasticity. Knitting keeps us creatively stimulated, and intellectually challenged.
Not only is it fun to learn new things, but it keeps our brains healthy.
Knitting offers us a much-needed opportunity to slow down and reconnect with ourselves and our surroundings in the present moment. It’s an opportunity to get back in touch with ourselves, and to discover our core desires and our purpose in this life.
Sitting to knit with a conscious intention to know and train our minds is meditation – a lifelong practice with enormous physical, emotional and spiritual benefits.
We all have the potential for learning, growing, healing and transformation – no matter what situation we find ourselves in.
Even in the midst of chaos and great challenges, we all have a capacity for happiness and a peace of mind that is restorative, nourishing, and healing.
Wellness is a conscious and self-directed approach to living a healthy, balanced and meaningful life. It’s a life-long journey that requires personal responsibility and commitment to living up to your full potential.
But we must choose to cultivate these capacities that lie deep within us – in the depths of our hearts and in our souls.
The choice is yours to make.
Let your knitting be your guide…
Take Control of Your Health and Happiness
Make choices that will lead to a more balanced and meaningful life.
Start a knitting as part of your daily wellness routine.
You can do this.
Join the 30-day commit-to-knit challenge to learn how.
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