About a decade ago, I had a serious health crisis. My kids were still in elementary school, I was a stressed-out super-busy Solo Mom who was trying to keep things together for my family. I became suddenly ill with weird, seemingly random symptoms – I felt like I’d been “unplugged” from my body’s power source; lack of appetite, foggy brain, light-headed, skin sensitivities, extremely low blood pressure, and (what finally sent me quickly to the doctor) joint pain throughout my entire body that had me having to hold onto the walls or crawl to get up and down the stairs in my home. The first doctor I saw tried to tell me I’d overdone it gardening and that at the age of 40 it was just how things were. (Seriously?!?!?!?!) A week later I was able to get an appointment with the new doctor in my village and, with him being new to Canada, he ordered every test available to find out what was going on.
Exhausted and scared, I had to step down from my volunteer positions in the community to lighten my load but I still struggled to get anything but taking the kids to school and feeding them done in a day. My blood-work came back showing that I had tested positive for Pernicious Anemia (my body does not absorb B12 through digestion), Celiac Disease, and Lupus. Lupus is a serious autoimmune disease that I knew I did not want! As it turned out, I was among the 5% of the population that gives a false positive for Lupus (I was so grateful) BUT I did not find that out until I was able to see a specialist who determined that I’d likely suffered an adult case of a childhood disease (Fifths Disease). It was a very long 10 months that I tried to figure out how to heal my body as best I could while I was waiting to see the specialist. Enter KNITTING.
- It lower heart rate and blood pressure. The relaxing effect lowers the levels of cortisol in the body.
- It keeps your hands and fingers in good shape. The motions of knitting keeps joints flexible and muscles toned.
- It improves your Math Skills. What???? True. There’s a lot of counting, multiplying, measuring involved and that helps your brain function. Cool.
- It helps calm anxiety. As I’ve already mentioned, it is very soothing and for me “untangling” my brain was a huge help to dealing with my anxiety.
- It sharpens your memory. You have to remember a lot of what you’ve done & what you are doing in knitting. Memory skills improve.
- It helps manage pain. Studies have shown that when people who are in pain are concentrating on something then it allows them to be less aware of their pain. Knitting definitely requires concentration.
- It gives a sense of purpose. A knitting project is like any project – it gives you a goal to meet. That goal of a finished project can also mean you have created something to share with someone else if desired. I’ve given away many knitting projects as gifts as I mentioned but I’ve also donated many to the homeless.
- It boosts confidence and self-esteem. Knitting is a skill. You learn it, You continue to improve and master it. When you’ve finished something you have a tangible item that you can look at and say “I did that!”
free from a tangled or twisted state.“fishermen untangle their nets”