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Health Benefits of Crocheting

Updated on September 11, 2015
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Health Benefits of Crocheting

Crocheting is an inexpensive hobby, that not only helps you to pass the time, but it is also very good for helping you to relax and let go of things. And believe it or not, but crocheting on a regular basis can have its health benefits. It can help to relieve stress at all levels, improve one’s self image and provide you with a sense of accomplishment.

Crocheted items make for great gifts, but it is always a pleasure to make something for yourself as well. You can also sell your finished items or give them away to charity organizations.

And although crocheting can be time consuming, it is a craft that you can pack into a bag and take with you wherever you go. You can crochet in waiting rooms, on the bus, at the park, the beach, or basically anywhere you want.

It is fairly easy to learn how to crochet. And once you get started, it can be addictive. If you are interested in learning, you can visit my other hub entitled “Tips for Learning How to Crochet” for some basic guidelines on how to get started.

Now, as promised, here are some of the health benefits of crocheting:

Relieves Stress

One of the greatest benefits that I have experienced from crocheting is that it relieves stress, including physical, mental and emotional stress. It helps to put the stressors into a dark corner where they belong, and allows your mind to focus on something worthwhile.

And by relieving stress, crocheting can help to ward off a number of stress related illnesses. I have no scientific proof for this, but when you do the math it adds up in my mind.

Simple Shell Cowl Pattern Using Stitch Pattern Above

FREE Cowl Crochet Pattern: http://crochetncrafts.com/simple-shells-cowl/
FREE Cowl Crochet Pattern: http://crochetncrafts.com/simple-shells-cowl/ | Source

Provides a Sense of Accomplishment and Satisfaction

This may not hold true for everyone, but most people do not feel satisfied within themselves unless they have accomplished something. Putting the final touches on a crochet project can give you that sense of accomplishment.

A sense of accomplishment in return can help to boost your self-esteem, which is very important in today’s society. You never want your self esteem to rise too high, but you have to have a sense of self-worth.

Helps with Weight Loss

Believe it or not, but crocheting can help with weight loss. Perhaps not directly, but it can help in providing you an alternative for when you feel like snacking on junk. Often times, the reason we snack on junk is because we are bored, and we have nothing else to do.

This is especially true when we are watching T.V. because it is hard to just sit there and stare at a box, especially with all the food commercials. Crocheting during this time can help to keep both the fingers and mind occupied with something useful, so that when the food commercials come on, they have no power over you. As a result, you won’t have to worry about putting on any extra pounds. I am living proof of this.

Increases Cognitive and Social Skills

It doesn’t take a great mind to crochet, but crocheting can help to preserve a great mind. Crocheting often requires you to focus on the project by counting your stitches and remembering stitch sequences, both of which are helpful in stimulating and strengthening the mind.

Another benefit of crocheting, is that it gives you a reason to get out and socialize with other like-minded individuals.

Helps with Falling Asleep

A mindless crochet pattern is a great way to tire the body while relaxing the mind so that you can fall into a deep and peaceful sleep. A good night’s sleep in return has a host of other benefits for your health.

Negative Side Effects

Negative side effects of crocheting can result in a stiff and aching neck, shoulders and upper back. The repetitive motion can also be hard on the wrists and fingers. To avoid these negatives from occurring, it is advised to practice crochet in moderation. :) You can also refer to my other hub on “How to Prevent Injury While Crocheting” for some tips on how to make it easier on you.

Happy Crocheting!!

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      Lynn S. Murphy 5 years ago

      I love to crochet, sadly I only get going on it, if there's a baby on the way...great hub!!

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      Rhelena 5 years ago

      Hi Lynn, Perhaps in the future you'll have more time. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Barbara Kay Badder 4 years ago from USA

      I shared this one with Crochet Partners. I think they'll enjoy it.

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      Rhelena 4 years ago

      Hi Barbara, Thank you for sharing the link. :)

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      yelgab 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Great information. You provide good links. Thank you

      http://www.squidoo.com/workshop/vividly-colored-cr...

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      Christine @ Seasons of Marie 4 years ago

      Love this info! Going to post it on my blog

      seasonsofmarie.com/blog

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      Rhelena 4 years ago

      Hi Christine,

      Glad you liked the post and I always love a link back, however, you do not have permission to copy the entire content to your blog. Doing so is against hubpages' rules because it causes duplicate content in the search engines. So as much as I appreciate your time to share the article, I do have to ask you to remove the article from your blog.

      Thank you,

      Rhelena

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      Sarah 4 years ago

      awesome info! I started knitting and crocheting to relieve anxiety and to keep my hands busy after I quit smoking. It has become a great outlet for stress and just plain mindless activity

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      Rhelena 4 years ago

      It's amazing how many ways crochet can help us cope. I used to crochet in front of the tv so I wouldn't eat so much chips and popcorn lol. Glad it helped you out as well :)

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      lisa 4 years ago

      I crochet to limber up my fingers. I have Rheumatoid arthritis and use an adaptive hook but it takes me longer than it use to.

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      Rhelena 4 years ago

      Sorry to hear about your arthritis, but it is good that you don't let it control what you can and cannot do. Happy Crocheting!

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      Nikki 4 years ago

      The only thing I don't agree with is the inexpensive part. I don't want to know how much I've spent on yarn ._.

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      Christa 4 years ago

      So true! I wanted to lose weight, but as my husband always snacks in front of the TV I could not help but eating some chips or whatever as well. Picked up crocheting a couple of months ago, and now whenever he is eating while we're watching TV, I'm way too busy to eat, lol!

      Lost 8 kilos so far, and it's the best side effect of crochet I could have imagined! Besides, it's great fun, too ;-)

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      Rhelena 4 years ago

      Hi Nikki, yes I agree it can get expensive when you add it up. But when you put a price on the finished items that you make, you soon realize how much money it can save you. :)

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      Rhelena 4 years ago

      Christa, Way to Go! It's amazing how easy it is to turn to food when we are bored. Satisfy that boredom and we've satisfied the cravings.

      Happy Crocheting!

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      Nancy 4 years ago

      Luv the input! I deal with bad depression! Probably should start crocheting. Done it for yrs but lately don't seem to hav reason to. Think I'll get started beginning of yr. Thankyou!

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      Summer 4 years ago

      It's really helped me with anxiety

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      Rhelena 4 years ago

      Nancy and Summer,

      Thank you for sharing. I too find that crocheting calms my mind and it also gives me a great sense of satisfaction. Aside from a healthy diet, it is one of the best things we can do for our minds :)

      Happy Crocheting!!

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      Eva 4 years ago

      Thanks so much for the info! I crochet to relax and get rid of anxiety.

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      Rhelena 4 years ago

      You are welcome Eva :)

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      Haak_aan 4 years ago

      Hello

      I discovered another great health advantage of crochet (and knitting): we gather in a nice informal group on Friday morning, drink coffee and share our knitting and crochet. Questions get answered and it is great for contacts, we all benefit!

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      Rhelena 4 years ago

      Hey that's probably the best benefit yet! And a coffee sounds real nice about now. :)

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      Frances 4 years ago

      I've been crocheting for over 30 years thanks to my paternal Gma who's gone now, she gave me patience to find a new me in my 30's! Turning 50 this year I'm selling items on my FB page as well as offline. I come from a family of 4 girls, we are all creative and have quite vivid imaginations as have all different talents! I love crocheting!

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      Rhelena 4 years ago

      Crocheting is such a great way to spend your time. Not only does it keep you occupied, but the finished projects are always fun to show off to others.

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      mrs.stewart.20 2 years ago

      I loved this post. I pinned it on my Pinterest. Just wanted to comment that it's true as well, I often refrain from eating whilst I'm crocheting because I don't want to get my project stained. And a lot of times, when I'm incredibly tired, but can't fall asleep, I just start thinking about things I want to crochet, or am working on, and my mind just goes on and on while my body just goes to sleep! :D Thanks for sharing!

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      Rhelena 2 years ago

      Thank you so much for pinning this, and glad you can relate. :)

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      sliston2@gmail.com 2 years ago

      Would you be willing to share the stitch pattern for this http://s1.hubimg.com/u/6105630_100.jpg

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      deb 2 years ago

      Thank you for sareing

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      Tracey 2 years ago

      I love crocheting, I have bad arthritis and it helps exercise my fingers, it's also a stress reliever for me.

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      Rhelena 2 years ago

      I'd be happy to write this up for you... but give me a few weeks to get it done. Thanks so much. :)

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      Joann C. 23 months ago

      Thank you so much for the info. All the things you mentioned that it helps has also helped me. Tracy, I too have pain in my hands so I have learned both, knitting and crocheting. Best of all, I like being my crocheting group because I learn so much more. Thanks again.

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      Tamara 23 months ago

      It's also a nice way to keep working and bringing in a bit of income when you can't work at a more demanding job anymore. My mother was diagnosed a year ago with congestive heart disease, and can no longer work in the restaurant industry, which was her main experience. With so much more time, she now crochets and knits more and we (she and us three girls) opened a small craft shop a month ago.

      I wanted to comment, too, that i was surprised you don't have crochetpatterncentral.com in your list of links. It, and it's knitting equivilant, are two of my main go-tos when I'm looking for patterns.

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      Rhelena 23 months ago

      Tamara, I'm so glad that you were able to open a shop. It is so rewarding to do what you love for a living. :)

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      Sherry Cassel 23 months ago

      Hi! My name is Sherry and I'm new to this hub but I have been crocheting since i was a little girl. I didn't have a hip socket when i was born so my mother had to find ways to keep me busy using my hands because I couldn't walk....I am happy to say that I can walk now and am thankful got the amazing parents I have. Your article about the health benefits caught my attention because I do crochet allot when i am down. I told you some of my story because i want to add to your benefits. I now have fibromyalgia and three kinds of arthritis and the arthritis has spread to my hands. I crochet all the time because i do need to do something when i am down and can't do much else. I used to do counted cross stitch but i can't hold the frame our hoop anymore but i can crochet and it helps to keep my hands from getting stiff to the point of not being able to use them at all. Thank you for your article, you really put into words what i have been doing for a long time.

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      Rhelena 20 months ago

      For those who requested the pattern for the stitch above, it's now been published in a cowl pattern. See link above in article, or copy and paste the following link in your browser removing the spaces before and after the dot (.): http://crochetncrafts . com/simple-shells-cowl/

      Thanks so much for your patience, and I hope you'll enjoy. :)

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      Joyce. kemmery 20 months ago

      I use crochet as therepy too. I am not able to hold mu hooks like a pencil but like a knitting needle which makes my wrist and fingers not ache as much. I too u

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      Lorie McLenaghan 18 months ago

      I have just started crocheting and just from the many tutorials on you tube!

      I started because my son in laws whole family crochet and I saw the beautiful baby blankets they were making!

      Right now I suffer from panic attack and depression and also use crocheting to calm me and take my mind of of everything!

      I picked it up pretty quick and have made and continue to make nice things for my family but still learning everyday!

      Lorie

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      Bianca 17 months ago

      I learned to crochet because i have stiff joints in my fingers and the constant movement has helped so much.. im now on a project to make blankets for homeless people.. not to feel good that im helping the needy but because i have been there

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      Debbie 17 months ago

      I am trying to teach myself to crotchet. I love this beautiful craft and hope I can learn it and make some of these awesome projects

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      Natalie 11 months ago

      Clearly you haven't priced the cost of yarn lately. But crocheting can be quite expensive depending on the size of the project and type of yarn used. While I will agree with the health benefits of fiber artists, I was quite appalled by your very first sentence! So appalled that I didn't even bother reading the entire article because someone who is a crocheter would know better than to claim it isn't expensive.

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      Terri 11 months ago

      I disagree that crochet is an inexpensive hobby. At around $8/skein and an average of 7 skeins for a wearable such as a sweater or poncho, the $$$ add up fast. For good quality yarn, you looking at about $64 plus tax per garment. Having said that, they'll have to pry my hook out of my hand in the end. I love it and the stress relief it provides, as well as all the lovely clothes I get to make.

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      Joyce 11 months ago

      I have arthritis in my hands and I have found that if I go a single day without crocheting my hands will cramp up. It keeps my hands more limber (for lack of a better word). While there are a lot of more pricey yarns, crochet can still be inexpensive with $3-$4 skeins of RHSS, it isn't great for every project, but then again I don't like making big things like sweaters and blankets I get bored too easy. I prefer to make small things and lots of new things to keep my interest. :)

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      Obat-Herbal 11 months ago

      The key is doing something that we love, so it will bring us joy and happiness.

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