Does knitting relieve your stress?
If so you’re not alone. Knitting stimulates the Relaxation Response. And if you’re a spinner or a crocheter or other crafter, your craft probably does the same thing!
“I take my knitting everywhere to take the edge off of moments that would otherwise drive me stark raving mad.”
~Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, At Knit’s End: Meditations for Women Who Knit Too Much
Knitters and other crafters have known for centuries what medical science has confirmed in the last 30 years. Knitting is relaxing! 🙂
Do you find yourself drawn to knitting when you’re the most stressed?
Like at night?
Ever notice how caregiving and other things are worse at night?
Maybe your care recipient gets up at night, and you’re exhausted from not sleeping 3 hours in a row. Or maybe she’s in more pain or more upset at night. She maybe more frightened because she can’t see as well at night.
I’ve found sitting up with knitting helps relieve the stress while passing the time. And in the darkest part of the night – just before dawn – there is a rhythm to the needles that speaks deeply to the soul. In concentrating on knitting patterns, a morning song can burst forth.
What’s a morning song?
It is the music of the morning that includes the hopes and promises of a new day. And combining music with knitting can be very powerful.
I just read a beautiful story of the reaction of a deaf boy to Native American flute music. It touched my heart. You can hear the music and read the story by clicking right here now.
Although you may want to get out your knitting first…
To your healthy and happy knitting & caregiving,
Ina Gilmore, M.D. (Retired)
“The Knitting Dr.”
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