Crochet Therapy

Exploring the therapeutic effects of hook and yarn and lots of free crochet patterns!

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Five Reasons why Crochet is good for your Brain

good newsGOOD NEWS EVERYONE! WHILE YOU ARE HAVING FUN PLAYING WITH YARN, YOU MIGHT ACTUALLY BE HELPING YOUR BRAIN. 

READ THESE AMAZING RESULTS OF SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH ON HOW CROCHET MAKES YOU SMARTER:

 

  • CROCHET AGAINST DEMENTIA!

Scientists at the Mayo clinic in Minnesota have conducted a study on knitters and crocheters and have found that these hobbies lower their risk of developing dementia by 40 percent. That’s quite significant!

  • THE POWER IS IN THE REPETITION!

If you have a hobby where you repeat certain tasks over a longer period of time you are likely to reach a point of complete relaxation, comparable to the effects of yoga or meditation.This, my friends, is not only good for your brain, but also great for your heartheart1

  • BETTER YOUR LEARNING SKILLS! 

Repetition is also key in this benefit. Relevant, repetitive tasks that you practice often, like crocheting, are important for forming synapses, thus improving your ability to learn new things.

  •  THINK LIKE A MANAGER!

Crocheting demands attention from both of your brains hemispheres. Much like the job description of a managerial position, you need creative ideas and quick problem solving skills when you are working on a project. Have you ever seen the look on non crocheters faces when they try to figure out a pattern? It takes imagination and logic to follow these complicated instructions! hookyarn1

  •  STIMULATE YOUR REWARDS CENTER!

The feeling of accomplishment when you hold a finished project in your hands is like eating candy without the calories. The reward center of your brain gets stimulated when you have completed a creative project. This will shower you with endorphins and have a positive effect on your self confidence and your mood. Studies have been done with eating disorder patients who crochet or knit and not only did it reduce their anxiety, more than half talked about an improved feeling of self worth!

 

I can tell you from first hand experience about crochet reducing anxiety and the benefits of feeling like you have accomplished something! Read more about this on my About me page.

Our grandparents knew it. Making something with your own two hands is a key factor for happiness. It’s time we remember and value this!! 

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andrea • April 17, 2014


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  • Alex

    I couldn’t agree more! Totally true…..the repetitive manual work with the crochet heightens the concentration while at the same time allows you to enter a state of trans and tranquillity.