Using your hands helps your brain and increases well-being
- Crafting can help those who suffer from anxiety, depression or chronic pain, experts say
- It may also ease stress, increase happiness by releasing neurotransmitter called dopamine
- Leisure activities such as reading and crafting may protect brain from aging, study finds
I abandoned my blog over a year ago. In a sense I abandoned myself, because my self was in a weird downward spiral.
When you can't pull up out of a gnarly place, sometimes it's better to not pay attention to your own thought processes.
Knitting got me through the last 18 months, which featured abrupt changes of fortune and emotional lows.
Recent neurological research shows that creating something - anything - interrupts negative emotional loops that can keep us stuck. Knitting helped me release stress and I'm certain that it prevented me from crashing into depression. I didn't quite have the heart for woodworking, welding or more challenging hobbies. But the soft, cozy yarn and the quiet click of my needles seemed to be the perfect tonic.
The CNN article above documents how others have experienced emotional healing through crafting. Maybe you'd like to share your own experience in the comments below. Or maybe just read the article and take comfort in knowing that there's an inexpensive, gentle solution waiting for you if you're in a dark time.