It has now been scientifically proven and confirmed by various studies that knitting has the same effects on mental health as mediation and yoga. The repetitive movements and sequences trigger the same effects in the brain as with meditation. As a result, knitting and mediation are very closely connected and hardly differ in their effect. We also like to say knitting is the new way of mediation. But the great thing about knitting is that you can take it with you anywhere, including doing it on the bus, in the waiting room, or during a long drive, unlike meditation.
Both when knitting and when meditating, your body releases less of the stress hormone cortisol, which is why your blood pressure drops and your pulse slows down. Through the regular movements of your hands, you will notice that your thoughts get wings and just wander away. This is particularly advantageous in the case of anxiety or mental illnesses, as acute situations, anxiety and problems can be forgotten for a moment.
Your concentration and memory will also be trained, just like with yoga. When knitting you have to memorize patterns or count the stitches and that is a real concentration training for your brain.
Motor skills also benefit from this diverse hobby, as the hands are constantly in motion. Another connection between meditation and knitting is that both can curb addictive behaviors. Bad habits such as smoking, alcohol or eating out of boredom are often treated through meditation. But you can also achieve this with knitting. By keeping your hands and fingers busy at work, you reach for a cigarette or bag of chips less.
If, similar to a meditation, we dive into knitting and forget the world around us, this can also be used for pain therapy. The happy hormones that are released when knitting help to reduce the sensation of pain.
Would you like to start doing something good for your soul and body? Then you will find the best tools for a mindful knitting experience in our Mindful Collection. Our stainless steel knitting needles each come with a mindful word to help keep you motivated. Our knitting needles sets are packed with the most beautiful accessories in great cases and are a great tool for your mindfulness.
"The little things? The little moments? They aren't little." Jon Kabat-Zinn
These small knitting moments with our Mindful Collection Knitting Needles are great precious moments that will improve your mental and physical well-being in the long term. Take these moments and allow Mindful Collection to accompany you.
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