What Is Textile Therapy, and How Does it Help?

Taking up a healthy habit or two is a critical way to boost your well-being in a multitude of ways. First, having a habit or hobby that’s good for you can help you cope through times of stress. Furthermore, these coping mechanisms and techniques can boost your self-esteem and confidence, give you a sense of purpose, and sometimes even connect you to your community. All of these benefits are known by sociologists to be very important in sustaining a good quality of life.

Some people find solace in hobbies such as drawing or dancing. I personally take on writing — no surprise there. If none of these sound appealing to you, but you consider yourself a crafty person, you may want to learn a little bit more about the benefits of textile therapy. 

A Healthy, Happy Habit

Even though textile therapy sounds like a complicated type of treatment, you can rest assured this is not the case. Essentially, textile therapy is just a fancy term for knitting. Yes, the thing your grandma taught you to do when you were a child can be much better for your health than you realized. 

Knitting is the kind of pastime with the perfect combination of simplicity and stimulation. Many people can learn how to knit at least the most basic of patterns, regardless of age, gender, or health status. Still, knitting provides a person with a healthy amount of challenge and cognitive thinking skills, not to mention a boost of creativity, that can serve to keep diseases such as Alzheimer’s and dementia at bay. 

Interestingly, textile therapy has also been shown to improve the conditions of people dealing with mental health issues and disorders related to mental illness. One study conducted on patients with anorexia found a heightened sense of pride and fulfillment in the patients who practiced knitting as they recovered. Knitting can have a similar effect on people struggling with mood disorders such as depression and anxiety as well. Still, even if you’re not dealing with any issues as serious as these, knitting can be a great habit to take on as a way to simply cope with the stress that comes along with everyday living. If you take public transportation to and from work, you can knit on the way to and from the office as a way to calm and center your mind. Otherwise, you can keep your knitting tools at home to take out as you unwind from the day. 

Refreshing my knitting skills #purple #yarn #knitting by Kirsten Skiles is licensed under CC BY 4.0

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