Stress reduction: the benefits of sewing!
Saturday, December 07, 2013
Found this on FB this morning..posted by a quilt shop that opened in my daughter's community:
The Dancing Bobbin Quilt Shop
Hello again everyone,
Some of you may have seen this but I thought I would pass this information on to you. Now you have scientific research that supports your sewing habit.
If your 2014 New Year's resolutions include getting healthier, you may be surprised to learn that picking up a needle and thread can help. Most sewing enthusiasts will talk about disappearing in to their sewing spaces and not coming out for hours. But did you know that there's more than creativity going on in there?
Clinical studies have revealed the stress-reducing benefits of sewing, proving a stitch a day could help keep the doctor away. The former Home Sewing Association commissioned a study which compared five different home-centered pastime activities that used similar eye-hand movements and involved both experienced and novice sewers. Using biofeedback technology, changes to physiological indicators such as heart rate, blood pressure, and perspiration rate and skin temperature were recorded. The results indicated that sewing not only helped the women to relax mentally, but the subjects experienced drops in heart rate, blood pressure and perspiration as well.
The stress-busting results come as no surprise to custom clothier, author and sewing educator, Mary McCarthy. Mary agrees with the study results and adds : "When I am in my sewing studio, my mind takes a mini-vacation from outside worries and influences. Stress melts away as I manipulate the fabric and thread and begin to see a project take shape." Joyce Perhac, Director of the Sewing & Craft Alliance concurs. "A hobby helps you to escape from the pressures of everyday life, if only for a short time." she says. In addition, for those who love to sew or quilt, the feelings of accomplishment you gain from expressing your creativity can improve your confidence. Activities such as sewing are good for kids too. Sewing stimulates a child's creativity and serves as an effective tool in building self-esteem.
So as you are making your New Year's resolutions, a plan for a healthier lifestyle should include a good diet and lots of exercise, but consider including stress management activities like sewing as well."
So there is some food for thought.
Here is to you keeping warm this weekend. Have some hot chocolate and be therapeutic, sew for fun and your health.