Crocheting used to be perceived as a grandmothers hobby but more recently it has become very popular and, dare I say even trendy, amongst younger people. Crochet has many fabulous benefits both physically and psychologically.
Crochet is portable and can be taken out on the bus, train, at home without any disturbance to those around you. You can put it down and pick it up easily an once you've finished your project there is a huge sense of achievement, helping you to feel more productive.
While you're crocheting your levels of serotonin and dopamine are increased making it a feel good pass time. Crochet is particularly good for those with anxiety and depression. The relaxing, repetitive movements are very soothing and relaxation has been proven to lower blood pressure, heart rate and prevent illness. The rhythmic movements help to prevent and manage stress, pain and depression, it can also be used as long term pain management.
Using memory for counting stitches and rows plus pattern recollection helps to prevent Alzheimers. Joining a crochet group can combat feelings of loneliness and enhance the feeling of belonging.
Crochet is cost effective with a huge variety of yarn available and choosing brightly coloured or soft texture yarn improves your mood.
So what are you waiting for? Grab that hook and get crocheting!