Now I suppose you are wondering why Knitting would be included in my A-Z Guide to a Healthier, Happier Lifestyle. I can hear you thinking that whilst Knitting might exercise your hands, it can hardly be described as a hard core workout.
However, if you have read my previous posts from ‘A – J’, you will see that my approach to health and happiness is holistic. It is not just concentrated on physical fitness but also mental and spiritual fitness.
Enter Knitting – Stage Left!
I have always enjoyed knitting, even as a teenager and I still remember my greatest knitting feat which was a cable knit jumper in burgundy, deep green and white. I made it in high school and absolutely loved it. In fact, I think my sister quietly took it off my hands to wear herself, sheliked it so much!
We have recently had a resurgence of colouring books which are thought to help us with relaxation. Knitting can have the same effect. I love getting engrossed in a complicated pattern and making a beautiful creation. However, you don’t need to be an accomplished knitter who works with intricate patterns. The humble stocking stitch can be just as effective. I love the soothing feeling of the knitting needles clicking away as my mind wanders and day dreams.
Now of course, knitting might not be your ‘thing’ but there are many other ways you can find relaxation. We are so busy that our poor minds become overloaded the with responsibilities of life; and just like our bodies become fatigued when we over-work them, so do our minds.
Finding time each day to ‘switch off’ our minds and relax is just as important for our health and happiness as a 30 minutes gym session.
It really doesn’t matter what your ‘go to’ relaxation technique is as long as you find some mental relaxation every day. Being rested in our minds provides us with the energy and strength to cope with life’s roller coaster ride.
Now I hear you saying ‘I don’t have time’! Well I know that most of us have responsibilities with family, careers and life in general however WE ALL HAVE THE SAME AMOUNT OF TIME.
There are 168 hours or 10,080 minutes in a week so can you spare 210 minutes each week to improve your mental health and well-being?
How relaxing helps us physically
Taking time out to relax not only helps our mental health but also our physical health by:
- Reducing blood pressure
- Reducing stress and anxiety
- Restoring our muscles by resting them
- Helping to clear our minds
- Providing a general sense of well-being
Some people are morning people, some work better at night so find your time during the day to take 30 minutes for yourself to relax. The main thing is to try to clear your mind of all your troubles for 30 minutes and let your thoughts wander on more pleasant dreams.
Some people can relax while they exercise, but I prefer to have a more restful activity for my relaxation.
Ways to relax
- Listen to your favourite music
- Power nap
- Go for a walk
- Watch a movie
- Paint, colour in, knit or crochet
- Have a massage
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What is your favourite way to relax?
Join me tomorrow for ‘L’ is for Letting Go – Why you need to let go and accept before you can move forward
Let’s Keep Sizzling!