Wool Therapy: The Benefits of Knitting
Knitting. When you hear this word it probably brings to mind an image of a little old lady sitting and knitting a sweater for someone in the family… Nothing could be further from the truth. Today, knitting has become a social phenomenon that offers many benefits for your physical and mental health. Are you interested in learning about the benefits of knitting?
Today on our site, we’d like to invite you to learn all you can about this traditional hobby that’s both magical and original at the same time. Are you ready to pick up the needles?
Benefits of knitting for your brain
A stitch on the left, one on the right, grab some wool in this color, pass it over the top… Knitting is not exactly simple or something you can pick up in a minute. It requires rhythm, mental agility and demands that your hands be active at all times. You’ll be immensely satisfied to see your very own multi-colored scarf, a sweater for your partner or an original purse that no one else has.
Knitting is a social phenomenon that many are calling “wool therapy”, that is to say, it’s an exercise with innumerable benefits for your health and is highly recommended for everyone. Big, small, young, old, men, women, children with behavior problems, those suffering from stress…
We invite you to learn all about the benefits of knitting below.
1. Knitting exercises both hemispheres of the brain
The simple act of passing a strand of yarn from one needle to another enormously improves your cerebral coordination. By adding more complexity to the garment you’re creating, your mental dexterity will further enhance your rhythm and coordination.
It may be surprising, but knitting is really therapeutic for anyone with motor problems. It’s even been found to improve attention and focus on activities in children with mental problems. Don’t wait! Teach the little ones in your home to knit. It’s not just for old ladies any more!
2. Reduces stress
Many people often get together in parks to knit. They sit on a bank, get out their yarn and needles and get to work while they relax and talk or simply focus on the activity while their problems and worries melt away.
Knitting is relaxing. The manual activity and focusing your attention on the work opens the doors to a calm state of mind that offers many benefits to those who are experiencing stress or anxiety.
3. Knitting improves mood
As we mentioned before, many people often get together to knit and chat amongst themselves while carrying out this interesting task. Knitting promotes sociability, sparks new friendships and brings people together… However, you don’t have to leave your house to knit. Being alone will also allow you to savor the silence of your own thoughts while increasing your endorphin levels to relax you and give you a pleasant sensation of well being.
4. It improves your motor skills
Surely at some time or another, you’ve noticed how agile your grandmother’s hands are when she’s knitting, creating a precious piece of handiwork out of yarn. She may have suffered from osteoarthritis or painful carpel tunnel syndrome, but her fingers and hands moved naturally.
Knitting is an exercise that keeps the hands moving and prevents them from becoming stiff and rigid. Moving them warms them up which makes pain lighter and less noticeable. This healthy exercise is worth practicing at least an hour a day. Those suffering from arthritis can go a little easier.
We should also point out that knitting improves children’s fine motor skills. It also helps improve their writing and makes them more skillful.
5. Knitting raises self esteem
Does that surprise you? How can something as simple as knitting improve your well being? Knitting is not just a hobby, knitting involves a goal: making a pair of gloves, a sweater, a fall pullover. Finishing a piece of clothing can be really rewarding, it’s setting a goal and achieving it.
There’s something gratifying about giving someone you care about a piece of clothing that you spent many hours making. It’s more than a gift: you’re giving your time, your imagination, art and feelings in every stitch.
Knitting isn’t an ancient art for old ladies. Knitting brings generations together and is linked to many great therapeutic benefits. We often talk about walking for a half an hour each day or drinking a glass of warm water with lemon. Well, today we’re inviting you to take up a new healthy habit: start knitting today!