The October 29, 2012 issue of Woman’s World briefly mentioned the health benefits of crochet. This excites me because it’s a topic that hasn’t gotten tons of coverage in the past but is certainly getting more and more attention recently.
The mention comes in an article by Jennifer Leonard titled “Instant Brainboost”. It’s all about how to “quickly supercharge your brain so you’re ready to handle any task”. It includes give key tips, such as using sage extract to increase your ability to focus on the task at hand.
Tip #3 in the article says “be more observant by crocheting”. The writer elaborates by saying that trying any new activity that gets your brain going will make you more detail-oriented in your observances of the world. The writer cites a study co-authored by Arne May, MD at the University of Hamburg which proves that your powers of observation are piqued when you’ve had just one week of practicing a new activity.
An Additional Point
I want to point out that for most of my readers crochet is not a new activity but that doesn’t mean that this study isn’t relevant to us. What’s great about crochet (one of many things, really) is that there is always something new to learn with this craft. You can learn new stitches, new techniques, new joining methods, new variations. I recently learned broomstick lace and loved it. I’m also trying to learn working with a drop spindle, which is a craft that supplements crochet. So although we may consider crochet a craft we’re already skilled at, we can learn something new with it and perhaps boost our own powers of observation at the same time.
An Additional Benefit
The Woman’s World article also mentions that “spending time doing a hobby you love lowers your levels of anxiety-inducing cortisol and ups your supply of mood-lifting serotonin and dopamine”. That’s something I talk about in Crochet Saved My Life because it leads to lower anxiety, lower depression and lower stress levels, all of which are important when dealing with basically any chronic illness.