Fascinated to read this week in You Magazine about a the therapeutic power of knitting to combat depression.
Apparently the methodic, rhythmic craft can help suffers of depression to enter a state of meditation called Mindfullness. According to the website www.stitchlinks.com research into mindfullness and knitting “…has found that it can evoke the relaxation response to bring down blood pressure, heart rate and help to prevent stress related illnesses.”
In my recent experience, craft and in particular knitting and cross stitch has really helped me through some dark days. Being able to concentrate on something creative and immediate really does help take your mind off of the problem and can transport you for an hour or two, helping the mind to switch off, thinking only about knit, purl or stitch.
I turn to my craft basket when I’m feeling stressed, down or just need to switch off from the world of work and being a mum, to concentrate on something just for myself. Probably why I have so many unfinished projects piling up!
If you want to read more, here’s an on-line article from the founder of Stitch Links – Betsan Corkhill. Stihttp://www.knitonthenet.com/issue4/features/therapeuticknitting/