This weekend I decided, on a whim, to buy myself a crochet hook and some yarn and try to pick up a new skill!
If there's anything I've learned from my bookbinding class this year, (yes, bookbinding is a real college class) it's that creating a thing with your hands is incredibly rewarding. It's not just me either; there's all kinds of science to back me up!
Lots of studies have been done on the benefits of knitting/crocheting on the brain and body. An article from psychology today (link below) quotes physiotherapist Betsan Corkhill, saying that knitting is like a "constructive addiction" giving your brain something to do and can keep you from destructive behaviors like smoking, or other compulsions. It forces you to relax, and get your mind off of stress, because your brain can't concentrate on two things at once. If you're struggling to relieve some bodily pain, knitting can help with that too! "Pain doesn't originate in the spot where you feel it, but actually in your brain, when it interprets signals from other parts of your body. But your brain can't concentrate on two compelling activities at the same time," says Corkhill, "Knitting can quite literally take your mind off pain!"
If you're looking for a way to get some peace in your life, go get yourself some yarn and some needles. It will only cost you a couple of bucks, and you'll save so much money because now you can make all your gifts for the upcoming holiday season!
Heads up if you're on my Christmas list, you're getting holiday-colored coasters this year.