More studies are finding that knitting, in fact, any crafting keeps the “hands busy” while the mind stays focused. Knitting and crocheting were both found to lower heart rate, blood pressure and reduce the blood level of cortisol (a stress hormone.)
1.Therapeutic Knitting Programs
Schools, prisons, and hospitals are finding crafting as a way to help with calm anxiety and increase social skills. Studies show that as children understand complex instructions, their math skills improve.
2.Crafting To Quit Smoking Or Manage Weight
It’s a lot harder to eat when your hands are full of knitting needles. Many times the distraction alone is enough to circumvent the need to smoke or eat.
3.Increase Your Cognitive Function
A study done in 2011 at the Mayo Clinic found that those ages 70-89 that were cognitively normal engaged in crafts later in life. Knitting may increase neural pathways in ways reading or playing an instrument do not.
4.Controlling Chronic Pain
In another study, knitting was found to help people redirect their focus, thereby reducing the awareness of pain. People reported that knitting made them feel genuinely happy. Scientists think it’s because the brain can only process so many signals at once. Also, scientists think that this activity increases neural pathways.