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The Gentle Art of Healing 3

I am continuing where I left off in this part of the series. the current question is, What else can knitting(crochet) do?

It can also help with issues like sleep problems, particularly if you’ve got thoughts whirling around in your head preventing you from going to sleep. Or maybe somebody who wakes at 3 am and can’t get back to sleep. In that case, I would recommend having a small case by your bedside, and it’s one of those things you can do quietly in bed to relax you enough to go back to sleep. Stress from work because you can use it on your commute to work, or at lunch. I think one of the things we learned from the survey was that computer tech people found it relaxing after working in a 2D atmosphere to a 3D project helped them to relax as well. you can use it for problem solving, in fact there is quite a lot of research that if you have a problem and you go away and you leave it, do some relaxing craft. your brain relaxes and an answer will some to mind.

Makes you happier

  • Gives a sense of Achievement
    • helps you feel safer
      • helps you socialize
        • gives your mind a break

The interviewer asked whether knitting can help us in our wellbeing day to day? You can use it whether your fit and well or if you suffer from an altered mental condition. Because we suffer from an ongoing condition of stress, so if you don’t manage your stress on a day to day basis it can give us other problems.

Some use it to find friends , join a knitting group. it’s a safe environment and you meet people from a lot of different backgrounds, that you wouldn’t normally have the opportunity to meet.

Helps with sleep problems

  • reduces stress at work
    • helps with problem solving
      • helps finding friends & building community

The interviewer asked, “How can we motivate ourselves to get started knitting for wellbeing”? The motivation part is a big problem, actually it’s one of the biggest issues in the healthcare system. Is to actually help people to get motivated, get involved in their own healthcare. What we found was if we could help people to take small achievable steps and build on that. Once they felt successful at the smaller steps, they could then build on those feelings.
So going back again to this rewardable occupation, you’ve got a system in your brain called the reward system. The brain provides a natural boost of a feel good chemical, seratonin.

I have read 2 of Betsan Corkhill’s books, “Knitting For Health And Wellness: How to knit a flexible mind and more…” and “Crochet Therapy: The Soothing Art of Savoring each Stitch”. I found the information to be very interesting and the thoughts behind it very stimulating. The patterns are very easy for a beginner to master. She has a very calming way of writing, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I highly recommend them.

Thank you for reading my fascination with this subject, If anyone is interested I have some great color therapy notes I’d be happy to write about.

Knit for Peace has a downloadable 44 page pdf. I think it was a thesis paper, but it is a good read if your interested in learning more.