Are you looking for a new hobby to keep you busy in 2012? Sure, you love to watch television and spend time with your friends, but sometimes people need another activity to have fun. Studies show that knitting, crocheting and other needlework can provide tangible health benefits.
Scientists found that the repetitive motion of crocheting or knitting can help to manage and prevent stress, pain and depression. The winter months offer their fair share of gloom and after staring at a computer all day, few people want to go home and become television zombies. Why not learn to create a new scarf or hat to keep you warm during the snowy season?
The repetitive movements involved with knitting are said to activate areas of the brain similar to those stimulated by meditation and yoga. Knitting is a way to create a "relaxation response," in the body, according to Dr. Herbert Bendon, director of the Institute for the Mind, Body Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital and associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School.
Knitting and crocheting can help calm the body and mind for people who suffer from symptoms of anxiety. Hobbies should be enjoyable as well as beneficial, and crocheting can lower blood pressure, relax your heart rate and help prevent illness. Sometimes starting a new hobby can be difficult, especially for people who have become accustomed to a routine, but the AllFreeCrochet promotion code can help you save money on your new pastime.
Instead of wasting time on the internet when you get home from work, relax with a project. Starting a scarf or hat from the beginning and working on it until it's finished can give you a sense of satisfaction that you won't find by turning on your favorite television program.
Knitting and crocheting can become a healthy habit that people use to replace other unhealthy pastimes. Many individuals knit to lose weight, stop smoking or wind down after a long day. If you often feel anxious or panicked, this soothing activity could prove beneficial as well.
In a world filled with stressful situations, sometimes people just need an outlet for their problems. Crocheting encourages relaxation, and the tense events that occur over the course of the day can virtually disappear with this hobby.
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