Did you know that knitting a sweater can decrease your stress level? It can. In fact, any hobby that you enjoy can help reduce stress level. The reasons for this are two-fold.
First, any time you can lose yourself in an activity outside of yourself, you will find your stress melting away.
It is hard to worry about the balance in your checkbook when you are trying to determine whether the next stitch should be knit or purl and you’re calculating how many stitches to the next cable.
Second, the activity of knitting is rhythmic, which is soothing to the body. Ever wondered why rocking a baby is such a universal method of comfort? It is all about the rhythmic movement, which takes us back, even if only on a subconscious level, to the time before we were born.
Our life is made up of rhythmsâ€”from the beating of our heart, to the rhythm of our breathing. Activities which echo these rhythms are comforting and soothing.
If knitting isn’t your thing, there are plenty of other hobbies you can try. Look for something that is rhythmic.
You can try crocheting, needlework, woodwork (think sanding, hammering, sawing), kneading bread, stirring a pot cooking on the stove–surprisingly, even a child’s coloring book and a box of crayons can be a very effective relaxation tool.