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Knitting’s Positive Effects on Mental Health

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Outdoor enthusiast Carolyn J. Upshaw is a graduate of Cincinnati Technical School with an associate degree in business management. In her free time, when she isn’t pursuing activities such as mountain climbing or snorkeling, Carolyn Upshaw enjoys knitting.

Knitting as a hobby has seen a rise in popularity in recent years, thanks in part to a surge of interest in the practice among people in their twenties. No matter a person’s age, taking up knitting can have several positive impacts on a person’s mental health.

Perhaps not surprisingly, knitting helps to reduce the symptoms of stress. The practice typically requires a knitter to sit still and focus on performing a few repetitive motions with the hands and fingers, giving the process a soothing, meditative element. Focusing on the task at hand and relying on muscle memory to complete the work can draw one’s attention away from feelings of stress and anxiety.

Knitting has also been shown to play a positive role in preventing cognitive decline in older adults. A study published in 2011 by the Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences found evidence that elderly individuals who regularly engaged in crafts like knitting and crochet showed fewer signs of cognitive decline than those who did not participate in such activities.