I say yes it relieves it, but then there are varying degrees and answers to this question.
STRESS: The body's desire to choke the living sh**t out of some a** who deserves it but your mind knows better and simply smiles and nods. Sound familiar??
It is that conflict that can create hard to relieve stress. Place that awkward co-worker in that sentence and you can come home from work feeling wound up. Try knitting. Try a simple garter stitch scarf.
For me, I like the rhythm of the needles in the evening while I am watching some light hearted television. I can't be doing a intricate pattern and be relieved of stress. For me, it has to be something simple and methodic and rhythmic and the feeling of producing something simple to feel calm.
Some May Need to Dive Into an Intricate Pattern and Lose Themselves
This is not me. But if you need an outlet, especially in those colder months, and you don't feel like driving yourself to the gym or running in the snow, or ranting at whoever will listen (like my hubby, who rants on the phone to co-workers to get stress out of his system) and diving into a complicated knitting pattern works, then hey, who am I to judge! You may find some peace and quiet and that complicated knitting pattern are a great challenge and distract you from other stressful situations.
So, ask yourself some questions. Do I love a challenge to relieve stress or do I want something that will calm me down as I knit and sip a chamomile tea (this is me). Once you know that answer then you can use knitting as your stress reliever. You need to know this answer upfront before you invest in materials, yarns and patterns.
Will Your Knitting Project be Thrown in a Corner to Collect Dust?
I have friends who had mind testing jobs and were frazzled at days end, and then chose a complicated sweater pattern for their stress relieving project. Well, they lost their cool as their nerves were already frazzled and off to the corner it was sent never to be seen again!
Find Something You Like - But Don't Get Stressed Out Looking For It - Scarves and Blankets are the Easiest to Start With!
Just get started. Grab a ball of yarn and some needles and if you have not knitted for a long time, then simply practice. It will take your mind away from your worries just for a little bit and give your brain a break in the cycle.
Any good hobby can do this, but sometimes it is nice to have something portable like knitting that can go from room to room.
I am writing this near dinner time, as I am quickly coming to the witching hour when I am meant to be "off" electronics! It is the glow of electronics and the complications of sleep apnea that keep me awake at night. I sit far enough away from the TV that this is not an issue, but feel like I should be doing something instead of festering about day to day things.
Stretches in the Commercial Breaks
If you are watching what I call "mindless" TV which is usually sitcoms or something funny and not too deep that will keep you awake with thinking all night like some intense documentaries can do, then get up and stretch or walk gently around the house during the commercial breaks and then get back to your knitting. This keeps the blood flowing and does count as exercise and a break for your eyes.
Garter Stitch is My Favourite
This stitch is the first one I was taught many moons ago by my Grandma, and it is my fall back stitch when I want to create without a lot of thinking. Garter stitch scarves are now my favourite, and if you look to the side of this blog you can see a post for one I created just recently and wear all the time.
I try to make the finished product look interesting by using multi-coloured yarns. But I am digressing, as this post was about stress.
Just click on the above pictures to see Amazon and the many affordable knitting projects you can get into, along with this book on how to use knitting and crochet to relieve stress.
There are beautiful dyes cottons and yarns that will make wonderful scarves for yourself or get started on those Christmas and Birthday gifts.
Yes, knitting does relieve stress, I really do believe that. You might as well be creating something from those hands instead of wringing them while fretting. Get creative with yarn and cottons and have some fun. You never know you may just discover that next really cool one of a kind "knitted thing" you made out of your stressful day.
My name is Diane and I love all arts and crafts including painting, drawing and knitting (I painted the bee above!) I decided after many years to take up knitting again and needed simple patterns that I could do while watching TV or listening to music that would help dial down stress. I hope you enjoy some of my own projects as well as ones I have found.