I really like to crochet...and one day when I was showing someone a few pictures of my work, I was told that persons who are under treatment for PTSD are shown how to knit or crochet for therapeutic reasons. Hmmm...I thought--I am going to do a little research on that topic!
One of the things I found was this story from CNN that illustrates this point exactly. According to the article, crafting can help anyone with anxiety, PTSD, chronic pain, and/or depression. While no specific research has been done on crafting, studies have shown that the same cognitive skills used to complete crossword puzzles may be used when a person is crafting.
I can tell you from experience that I have a little anxiety and have a history of some chronic pain disorders. When I have my yarn and hook working away, I could care less about any of those issues. I just get lost in my project and loose all sense of reality. And before you know it, I have produced a blanket, a scarf or a hat...made with love for someone special!
If knitting or crochet are not for you, there are many hobbies to choose from. Just find one that you really like, and before you know it you'll be enjoying lower stress levels and a neat new hobby as well!
Sources: CNN.com; Pixabay