Health benefits of crochet

Health benefits of crochet

Health Benefits of Crochet

I think by now we’ve all heard of the health benefits of crochet. We know that they are there and vaguely think of what they are. But, I want to take some time to let you know exactly what the health benefits of crochet are. Why? Because when we know things more specifically, we tend to value and be more focused on it (notice I said ‘tend to’, not always true, but I’m hoping). Besides, it helps me to know too for those times when I’m tempted to put my hook down and let life get in the way of my craft time.

Relieves Stress

One of the big things is that crochet helps to relieve stress. The repetitive motion of crochet helps reduce the effects that stress can bring on and therefore help you to relax and manage your stress better.

Lower Memory Loss

We all know that as we get older and accumulate more information in our brains there tends to be some memory loss. However, studies have show that those engaged in knitting, crochet and sewing tend to have almost 50% less decrease in memory loss than their counterparts. Yay for all those stitch counts and calculations!

Helps Relieve Depression

I did an article last year on how crochet makes us better and the whole idea was how as crocheters we have found that crochet has helped us overcome some of the most difficult times in our lives simply by doing it. It is now scientifically proven that crochet helps alleviate depression because it helps lower anxiety and blood pressure giving us an escape from that with ails.

Helps Relieve Pain

This was new for me, but it turns out that crochet may also help alleviate pain. Just as it helps lower stress and relieve depression, the rhythmic and repetitive motion of crochet may help relieve pain in various areas of the body. Isn’t that wonderful?!

Basically, the benefits of crochet are many and truly just being discovered. Knowing and practicing crochet can benefit you in ways you didn’t even know when you picked up that hook to try. Sending something crochet to a loved one that hasn’t heard from  you in some time may help open up lines of communication. Picking up the hook and doing a few rows can help diffuse a situation when you really need to think things through.

What are some ways you use crochet to help your every day life? I’d love to hear about it in the comments.

For those who need references:

http://www.craftyarncouncil.com/health
http://www.crochetspot.com/studies-show-knitting-and-crocheting-is-good-for-your-health/

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Comments

  1. It sounds like a lovely hobby to have. I have to admit that I’m useless at crocheting and knitting though!

  2. Nice blog!

  3. I’ve been crocheting since my aunt taught me when I was a kid. Once I retired, I had much more time, so I went back to crocheting in earnest. I did it when I watched movies or tv, when I waited for appointments, etc. Eventually, I crocheted so many things that there was no one left to give them to. So, I now sell the things I make at the local farmers’ market and a small shop in town…and still make some things for my two grandsons.

    I didn’t know there were any benefits to crocheting, but maybe it’s what’s kept me reasonably sane all these years!

  4. I suffer from daily migraines and will crochet at times to try and forget about my pain. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t.

    • sedruola says:

      I would think that on a daily basis it has to be hard to completely forget. I’m happy to know that it does help. Wishing you well.

    • Have you tried going to the Chiropractor for your migraines?

  5. I’m in a stage of my life where most things are out of my hands, and I was feeling stuck, crocheting has helped me to feel I can accomplish things, and even pretty things.

  6. cindy armstrong says:

    It got me through surgery and 6mo. of chemo. Plus not being able to work I had beautiful afghans for all 6 of my children for Christmas and a few for others going through cancer treatment.

    • sedruola says:

      Wow! Thank you for sharing. So happy to hear that. I hope you are well! :)

      • cindy armstrong says:

        Doing good thank you. Still crocheting. Helps me feel productive in spite of all the changes in my life.

  7. Well I hope you’re right, because I’m going to start up again and I would love to regain a few lost brain cells…LOL

    • sedruola says:

      LOL, well there are plenty of stories out there to back this information up. . . I may have to post links since I’ve been warned that I could get into legal trouble. . . .

  8. I used crocheting to give up smoking 10 years ago as I needed something to keep my mind off it and keep my hands busy. I swapped a $5 nicotine addictions for a $5 a days wool addiction. Pretty good trade I reckon. Haven’t smoked since and I’ve only recently picked up crochet again.

  9. Jan Syme says:

    I have a serious spinal condition which has badly affected my mobility. I returned to crochet because it’s too difficult to knit lying down! Strong medication plays havoc with my memory and I miss making children smile at my teaching assistant job. I now make people smile when they see my crochet novelties and crochet keeps my grey matter busy. Without my wool and hook, I’d be lost!

  10. I am a crocheter and I love it. As a scientist however, I must warn you that if you are going to make health claims, you need supporting evidence. Otherwise it’s old wives tales. Not only that but you could get in legal trouble for it…

    • sedruola says:

      Thank you for the warning. I’ll consider posting my sources so I’m not accused of “making it all up” or claiming it all to be trued without backup. ;)

  11. I am a private duty CNA for elderly, my crocheting seems to put clients at ease and give us something to talk about. a few of them have shared some old school tricks.

  12. Crocheting helped relieve my frozen shoulder pain after breast surgery, chemo, and radiation. It was a great comfort to me to be able to crochet things for others, instead of having a pitty party about myself.

  13. It is a gift of me when I make something for my kids and grand kids. It costs less out-if-pocket and they treasure their gifts more.

  14. I totally agree. Crocheting really keeps me sane and relieves stress. Thanks for doing the research send sharing this blog.

  15. At work, just thinking of what I would do next as a crochet project when I get home sends excitement and much anticipation!!! I just recently picked up crocheting again after learning it in high school and truly it has made me a more relaxed and stress free individual!:-)

  16. I have crocheted for many years, and I can say that it has helped me with my recovery form shoulder surgery, plus I cannot stand to just sit and watch tv, when somebody I know announces a baby to be they know they will receive a baby blanket. I also crochet for the veterans at the v.a center. When they get a scarf you would think they were given gold.

  17. I lost my dear Husband last November and I do have to say that crocheting has so helped me through the rough times. I have been crocheting for round 50 years and it has helped me through a lot. Keep on crocheting.

    • sedruola says:

      So sorry for your loss Barbara. I’m so thankful to hear that crochet is helping you find comfort! Yes, keep on crocheting! :)

  18. I have bee crocheting for about 40 years and have always used it as a de-stresser. When I crochet My mind empties of worries and in that way I can relax and enjoy the day and my family.

  19. I am crocheting afghans for each of my 12 grandchildren…..we take a day and go to the store and they pick out the colors they want in their afghan…..that trip to the store is itself a blessing! Then they wait patiently…or sometimes impatiently….until I have the afghan done. Every time we are together the question usually comes up…..are you done with my afghan yet? So far I have gotten 7 grandkid afghans done…so over half-way there! It’s such a joy to see their faces light up when they see the completed project! And with the left-over yarns I make lap afghans for the local nursing home.

    • That is so wonderful to hear! I love hearing the blessings! Thank you so much for sharing :)

  20. So true!

  21. Definitely helped me thru a very stressful time of my life, learning how to crochet was a wonderful way to take my mind off a situation that I had no power to change.

    A few years on I now sit next to hubby while he watches football and I crochet, better than sitting in another room watching tv. :)

    People love a gift made with love and so many friends having babies is keeping me busy :)

  22. I just recently picked up crochet and noticed the benefits almost instantly. It’s true it helps with stress & mood ;-). But my favorite is that I feel it helps the rheumatoid on my hands. I can’t believe I didn’t start sooner!

  23. I’ve had breast surgery 2 years ago,and after that my arm wasn’t very comfortable. Plus lymphedema made it’s appearance. Even though I was very sceptic and careful in the beginning,I picked up knitting and crocheting again,and it has helped my arm so much!Won’t even get started about how much happier it made me feel to make all this beautiful stuff…

    • sedruola says:

      So happy to hear that you’re doing better and that you’re knitting and crocheting again! Yippee!! :)

  24. I love to crochet. If it wasn’t for my hook, there would be a lot of bodies stacking up. So I’d have to say it saves lives. LOL

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