Is Crafting the New Way to Relax?

Many of us struggle to find time to relax and the amount of stress in our lives only ever seems to increase?
Have you made a New Years Resolution to build some de-stressing into your life? Perhaps you’re planning on heading to the gym or you’ve got your new running shoes and fit-bit and have planned your first jogging route. Maybe you’ve already begun. 
 But if these studies are anything to go by, maybe you should put away your running shoes, roll up your yoga mat and tear up your gym pass ….. and get out your scissors and glue. And yarn. Or let loose your inner Mary Berry …. Arts and crafts are where it’s at!
According to the British Journal of Occupational Therapy, what you need to help you concentrate is a ball of yarn and a pair of knitting needles, or a crochet hook. 61% of respondents in their recently commissioned study said that knitting helped them to concentrate. The study also showed that these activities helped to relax the mind, slow the heart rate and even calm breathing (though obviously not when you’ve just noticed a mistake twelve rows back and have to frog the lot!) In my own experience, crochet helps keep the fingers nimble – and I’ve spoken to many crafters who say that knitting and crochet helps ward off the pain from arthritis in the hands. That’s great news!
Of course, the other side of the coin is that many people who try knitting and crochet just can’t get the hang of either and find the exercise anything but relaxing. Having a temper tantrum with your yarn probably isn’t conducive to concentration either!
What do you think … is knitting the new yoga?

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