I’ve always needed to do something with my hands to stay focused. Some people use fidget toys, others bounce their legs, and I knit.
Yes – I can knit. It’s more useful than you might think as a hobby. Not only does it help me to stay focused on a conversation or topic, but it also serves as a point of meditation.
When I’m knitting, the stress just melts away from my body.
What Are the Benefits of Knitting?
If you have a creative spirit, I think you’ll appreciate what knitting can provide. Here are some of the benefits I’ve experienced with this hobby.
1. Lower Blood Pressure
Since knitting is such a relaxing activity, my stress levels stay low. With that outcome, my blood pressure has seen a significant improvement. Although some coffee spikes things (I don’t recommend it), I’ve been a lot happier and healthier.
2. Chronic Pain Relief
I have a lot of chronic pain from a knee injury from back in the day. When I’m knitting, I don’t notice the discomfort much. It’s kept me away from painkillers.
3. Emotional Stability
I can focus on the task while limiting my mind to a single consciousness stream when I’m knitting. The racing thoughts disappear, as does a lot of the negative self-talk.
4. Reduced Anxiety
I feel confident when I’m knitting. There’s no one around to judge me. Even if someone doesn’t like what I’ve made, it doesn’t matter. I create because it’s something I love to do.
It’s a surprisingly affordable hobby. If you’re looking to pick up something new this year, I highly recommend knitting!