We had such a great success with our first-ever Knitting for fun and Stress Reduction group at Riverwalk that more knitting and crocheting groups are in the works for the new year! Stay tuned in to the Riverwalk Expressive and Therapeutic Arts page for info on when and where the groups will be happening.
More and more research is emerging about the positive effects that knitting has on the brain. Though it is an emerging area of study, it’s definitely an exciting one.
One survey found that people who knit frequently experience an increase in feeling calm and happy, and a reduction in feeling being anxious and sad. (This is even more true for those who knit in groups.) Knitting can also lead to a sense of achievement, thereby boosting confidence. Knitting has even been found to reduce anxious preoccupation in individuals with eating disorders, specifically.
Has knitting affected your life in any way? Have a story to share about your adventures in knitting, art, and/or mental health recovery? We’d love to hear from you! Email firstname.lastname@example.org to submit a story for our blog.