Knitom wrote in an article that ‘Knitting is an effective, easily accessible tool that everyone can use to manage daily stresses. But it is also a valuable self-help tool for those dealing with more serious mental health issues and/or medical conditions.The main conditions that therapeutic knitting is used for are:
- Low mood
- Post-traumatic Stress Disorder
- Eating Disorders
- Chronic pain
- Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia
Research at Cardiff University found that the more frequently people knitted, the happier and calmer they said they felt.
Eighty one percent of respondents said they felt happier during and after knitting, and 54% of the respondents who were clinically depressed said knitting made them feel happy or very happy.
Similar to a yoga flow, the rhythm of working the same stitch over and over again calms the heart rate and breathing, creating a feeling of stability and inner quiet.
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