Wellbeing through Creativity

Evidence suggests that repetitive and rhythmic past times such as knitting and crocheting can help to prevent and manage stress, anxiety, pain and depression.


According to Stitchlinks, developing an interest or hobby is good for you. It gives you a point of focus and can divert the brain's attention away from issues such as chronic pain, worries, stresses and depression. Without such a distraction the brain can easily focus all its attention on problems, such as stresses or pain, and this tunnel-visioned focus can soon develop into destructive cycles of downward spiralling thoughts which become difficult to break.

Certain activities however are recognised more than others for the positive affects they have on your wellbeing, in particular knitting, stitching and crocheting. These hobbies in particular can benefit your wellbeing in the following ways:

  • Creates a relaxation response throughout the body, helping to reduce stress.

  • Cognitive exercise can help protect against memory loss.

  • Focusing on a craft can help to manage chronic pain by diverting your attention.

  • Boosts motivation, self-esteem and confidence.

Stitchlinks is a community interest, non-profit organisation which aims to promote personal wellbeing through creativity. To find out more about Stitchlinks click here.