This week's craft : Coco-Nel
Earlier this week, while escaping from corona-stress through of course 'medknitation', (the art of blending mindfulness and knitting techniques), I created this gorgeous doll. While doing so I realized that when my hands are busy, my mind stays focused on the here and now, which is where all experience happens! Its is by noticing thoughts for what they are, that the emotions and worries begin to dissipate. Only then are we able to really enjoy the experiences along the way.
Unlike meditation where we give ourselves a gift of time and a bit of open space in our day, craft activities like knitting does something that neither yoga nor meditation does. It results in tangible and often beautiful products that can enhance self-esteem! Seeing the things come together from nothing can be an incredibly rewarding experience, and simply looking at the things you create can help boost confidence and provide a dose of happiness for any knitter.
Did you know that knitting can enhance self-esteem…
Having healthy self-esteem is really important as it helps you make positive choices in your everyday life, gives you the courage to be your own person, have good relationships and helps you deal with difficult situations.
How knitting can improve health and wellbeing
Dr. Herbert Benson, a pioneer in mind/body medicine and author of “The Relaxation Response,” says that the repetitive action of needlework can induce a relaxed state like that associated with meditation and yoga. The "New York Times" claims that the simple act of knitting can provide some serious health benefits.
Fact is that knitting helps reduce stress. Knitting features a repetitive motion much like those found in yoga. As such, it offers many of the same relaxing benefits, lowers the heart rate, decreases the blood pressure and reduces the amount of cortisol the body dumps into the bloodstream.
Knitting can also replace addictive habits or may help you control your weight. It can help keep arthritis in the hands at bay because knitting requires small, repetitive movements of the hands which can help the fingers and joints remain dexterous in the golden years.
Knitting also helps decrease anxiety and depression (See more on the “therapeutic knitting” site Stitchlinks) and manage chronic pain. Knitting can stave off the effects of cognitive decline (according to a 2011 study conducted by the Mayo Clinic). The study determined that the seniors who engaged in craft making activities had lower rates of cognitive impairment and memory loss.
Be part of a community…
Along with all those benefits, knitting can help you be part of a community. Multiple studies have shown that maintaining social relationships is critical as we age, and knitting is a great access point for doing this. No matter what health issue you are dealing with, it helps to have a community of support around you.
Now... did I succeed in convincing you to picking up a pair of knitting needles for a longer and happier live?