Knitting has a therapeutic potential. That is the conclusion of a study published in the British Journal of Occupational Therapy in February 2013.
Based on an online survey, respondents reported knitting for relaxation, stress relief and creativity.
Betsan Corkhill is one of the co-authors of the study and founder of Stitchlinks, an organisation dedicated to learn more about the feel-good effects of knitting. She suggests knitting and stitching can help with pain, depression, stress, addiction and dementia. Knitting has similar properties as other relaxation technics. "Knitting focuses mind on physical task rather then emotional or psychological concerns. The meditative components of sitting comfortably, repetitive movements and concentration can produce the same alpha-wave pattern as meditation and more quickly."
The automaticity of knitting is important, too. It occupies some areas of your brain, whilst freeing up others. Many find that this enables them to 'zone out' to become 'mindless'. This gives your mind a mini break from any problems, enabling you to escape into the sanctuary of a quiet mind. This brings down stress levels and breaks into negative or ruminating downward thought cycles.
Read more on www.stitchlinks.com