If you knit or crochet, you’ll know just how relaxed you feel after a good session.
Relaxation lowers your stress levels. If these reach maximum levels it can cause all sorts of nasty health repercussions.
Keep your fingers working
Knitting and crochet require a number of small and precise movements on a rapid basis.
This repeated exercise is perfect for keeping the finger joints flexible and the muscles in the hands toned and steady. We do recommend taking regular breaks to stretch, to ensure that your hands don’t seize.
Calm your anxiety
As well as relaxing the body, knitting also soothes the mind. Many people find crocheting and knitting similar to meditation – the art of allowing the mind to pause, refocus and sooth your worries.
Knitting and crocheting is all about remembering a pattern and how to count, multiply and measure.
As these crafts are reliant on your memory, it makes you use your brain more making your memory stronger.
It can even help your math skills too!
Stop with the mindless eating
If you have a tendency to eat out of boredom, then crochet or knitting could be the craft you’re looking for.
If your hands are busy, you can’t reach for junk food! In fact, research shows people who knit or crochet are less likely to engage in mindless eating, meaning they tend to have better diets.
Give yourself a sense of purpose and achievement
By having a project to crack on with it means you have a goal to aim for giving you a sense of purpose.
You want to meet that goal and getting closer to the finishing line of your project is great for creating that inspiring feeling.
What’s more, you could aim to create a handmade gift for friends or family, or even create something you need like a scarf or mittens. This means once you reach your goal it offers greater sense of achievement.