Knitting is just what the doctor ordered

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Lowered heart rate, lowered blood pressure, and reduced harmful blood levels of the stress hormone coritsol are all health benefits of the latest (but by no means new) trend: knitting and crocheting.

According to the Craft Yarn Council, a third of women ages 25 to 35 now knit or crochet. And they aren’t just doing it for the colorful hats, scarves, and afghans: they’re doing it because it feels good.

Numerous studies have shown how knitting or crocheting helps ease a variety of ailments, from eating disorders to depression to memory loss. And according to more than 20 years of surveys by the council, hundreds of thousands of knitters and crocheters list stress relief as among the activities’ main benefits.

So next time you need to relax and unwind, reach for the yarn. Not only will you feel better, but you’ll have something to show for it, too.

[H/T NYTimes Wellness Blog]


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