5 reasons knitting is the perfect new years resolution
Chances are that if you’re reading this blog, you don’t need too much persuading to knit as a resolution, but just in case, here are five reasons that knitting is just what you need in the new year!
Knitting is good for your health!
According to an article in The New York Times, “the repetitive action of needlework can induce a relaxed state like that associated with meditation and yoga,” and that knitting “can lower heart rate and blood pressure and reduce harmful blood levels of the stress hormone cortisol.” Knitting also takes your mind off of other things like smoking or drinking, and can make people forget about stressful situations like recovering from illnesses.
Knitting improves your mind
Studies show that knitting improves brain functionality and can possibly even stave off memory loss and “cognitive impairment.” These improvements were not found in people that took on other similar activities like reading or playing musical instruments. That’s a pretty strong argument to keep knitting if you ask me!
Knitting makes you happy!
The British Journal of Occupational Therapy released a study in 2014 that said 81% of survey respondents with depression said they felt happy after knitting, and more than 50% said they felt very happy. Another study by CNN called knitting a “natural anti-depressant” that releases dopamine. No wonder I think it’s so addictive!
Knitting can prevent arthritis and tendinitis
Psychiatrist Dr. Carrie Barron and her husband Dr. Alton Barron, an orthopedic surgeon travel America talking about the benefits of knitting, both mental and physical. According to the couple, knitting forces fluid towards your cartilage which keeps your joints hydrated, minimizing the risk of arthritis.
Knitting makes you feel good!
If you’ve ever knitted a project to completion, you already know that feeling of accomplishment! It’s what drives me to make my next project. Taking a ball of yarn (or many balls of yarn) and turning that into a hat or a scarf is such a great feeling! It also feels great to give someone else something that you made by hand, rather than just a store-bought gift.
Are there any more reasons you can think of that make knitting the perfect activity to take up as a new years resolution? Leave your ideas in the comments!
Last updated: December 23rd, 2016.