Friday, November 22, 2013

Knitting Therapy

I love perusing the archives of the Psychology Today website for interesting articles and yesterday I came across one called Should You Knit? by Temma Ehrenfeld. Some days I cannot wait to curl up on the couch and knit or crochet. Scott always cringes when I'm working on designing a pattern and after getting so far I decide to rip it all out and start again. Crocheting is probably the only thing that I can say I enjoy the process more than reaching the goal.
The rhythmic repetitive movements seem to put us in the present moment, distracting us from mulling over the past or fear of the future.

With crocheting being my number 1 hobby, worrying is number 2. I normally don't think about much while crocheting and that can be a wonderful reprieve.
Research by Dr. Barry Jacobs of Princeton University has found that repetitive movements in animals enhance the release of serotonin, associated with calm good spirits.

Thankfully crocheting is a "constructive addiction" that has great health benefits - and you get to make something pretty :)

Read the entire article HERE.

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