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An activity as traditional and legendary as knitting also has great benefits for physical and emotional health
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.
· 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.
The state of happiness and calm achieved is not exclusive to the hobby of knitting, but many painters, chess players, climbers, and even runners claim to experience the same sensation, even in those activities that involve intense physical activity.
Although the body seems to go into a kind of lethargy, the movement that the mind makes when it reaches its maximum concentration, achieving the state of "flow", is wonderful and disturbing, it is connecting with the feeling of happiness doing what desire and taking control of our inner life.