3 ways of keeping your anxiety on track

From coloring books to knitting and playing instruments, these techniques will help you keep balance your emotional health.

1- Knitting

Scientific studies even found that knitting makes people happy.

Our grandmothers spent hours knitting while watching television or waiting for the afternoon to pass. And so they made us beautiful sweaters and scarves. That tradition came from their mothers, grandmothers, and great-grandmothers. For generations, women have used the fabric to dress and warm their families. And, although that activity was ceasing to be fashionable at the beginning of the 21st century, crochet today causes a kind of fanaticism around the world.

Currently, on the internet, we can find a large number of videos and tutorials to learn various techniques, follow the advice, or develop ideas. Thanks to the growth of social networks and the offers that can be found on different platforms, the need to knit became a kind of addiction that brings together thousands and that many also use as a true therapy.

Scientific studies even found that knitting makes people happy. Several things come into play when we take the two needles, not only both hemispheres of the brain begin to exercise, but the mind enters a state of introspective immersion and of extreme concentration in what is being done. Mind and soul connect and, around us, reality seems to vanish as if we were entering a meditation work.

Wool therapy produces in people a feeling of authentic calm, which helps them cope with traumas and even psychological problems such as anxiety and depression.

Benefits

Anxiety and anorexia
The tissue produces a deep concentration that helps people forget their problems, by experiencing calm the frequency is reduced, tension decreases, and motor functions improve.

Parkinson disease
Wool therapy stimulates several sectors of the brain simultaneously, so it can slow the progression in patients with Parkinson's disease.

Reduces degenerative and neurological problems in older adults
In a group of old men and women who knitted, they found that cognitive problems decreased between 30% and 50%, and they presented less inflammation in the joints compared to other population groups that did not.

Reduction of the feeling of loneliness
Many people weave in groups, especially in the case of those over 60 years old, in clubs, rest houses, workshops where they socialize and provide mutual support.

2- Sound Healing Therapy


The therapeutic sound therapy techniques are delivered using tonal and rhythmic instruments and voices like Himalayan and crystal singing bowls, gongs and tuning forks. The vocal techniques are toning, overtoning or mantra. 

The treatment uses a frame drum and therapeutic percussion comprises rainsticks, shakers, chimes and other percussion tools delivered in a specific order to maximise the therapeutic process.

How does it work? During a sound healing session, you’ll lie down on the floor or a yoga mat and listen up when the sounds on play a variety of instruments and you bathe in the vibrations.

Homemade sound healing

1. Water sounds
During a sound bath or rain,  you lie down and relax comfortably in healing vibrations of sound.

2. Singing bowls
Each instrument serves a different purpose singing bowls, gongs, tuning forks, and drums are the instruments that practitioners most often use in sessions. 

3. Supports emotional well-being 
Try humming to yourself for just two minutes and notice how your mood begins to shift.

3- Art therapy

Though there are several coloring books, therapy sessions help people explore feelings and social interactions.

Art therapy states that you can work your emotions and feelings by taking up a creative activity. Art therapy is inspired by psychoanalysis and how important is our own internal world. art therapy can be practiced by children and adults alike, and it is still seen as a type of psychotherapy. Though there are several coloring books, therapy sessions help people explore feelings and social interactions.

What to expect

Art therapy can be practiced individually or in groups, and you can either draw, paint, collage or craft using Ipads. No prior experience is necessary but you may be asked to talk about your work afterward.

The benefits

Art therapy offers an alternative to traditional therapy to deal with feelings and cope with communication difficulties –you will be communicating visually. Besides, the process of creating itself can give you a sense of purpose and achievement that will surely improve your wellbeing.

Even if you don’t want to join a particular group of therapy, taking up painting lessons is an amazing idea to deal with your emotions and learn to know yourself better.

Victoria Thais

A trip to India was all it took for Victoria to realise that meditation is not a fancy word for sitting around in silence. It truly changed Victoria’s life to a less stressful and more mindful one. Now a freelance consultant and journalist, Victoria joined KOKO to share her knowledge on those little things that are life so much better, and cosier.+ info

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