Knitting isn’t just about making sweaters and scarves. See how knitting benefits your sex life – in and out of the bedroom.
Are Knitting Benefits All in Your Head?
Your love life starts in your brain. Your brain gets signals through neurotransmitters to release chemicals that start an increased flow of blood through your arteries to…yeah, you guessed it…that part of your body that you’re not supposed to talk about in polite society.
When you don’t feel good, your brain has a lot of work to do. Your brain has a hard time fighting illness and making you feel good at the same time. But you can help your brain by doing certain activities, such as knitting.
Here are 5 health benefits of knitting that may help you improve or maintain a healthy sex life.
1. Feeling Blue? How Knitting Helps Fight Depression
When the neurotransmitters in your brain send signals to open the floodgates of blood flow to sex organs, it’s like liquid magic. Unfortunately, depression interrupts those chemical signals, which means you’re more likely to remain in those ratty old pajamas and socks.
Medications, such as antidepressants, don’t help either. They may make you feel better, which, although great for your brain, can have a negative effect on your sex drive.
What to do about it?
Get up and get moving. Exercise helps because it causes serotonin release, which is a feel good chemical. So rev-up your knitting game. Get up from your cozy chair, pull that yarn swift out of its hiding place and wind that ball or yarn cake. Dance while you do it.
If you can make it outside and you have access to a LYS, go visit it. If you are lucky enough to have more than one LYS, visit them all – frequently.
You don’t always need to buy yarn for your stash, but touching the yarn and seeing different colors is positive. Even better, getting in and out of the car, bus, or train is more exercise.
Join a knitting club or circle. Meeting people and sharing in a common activity increases your chance of telling depression goodbye. Being around others, talking and laughing, causes your brain to release serotonin, which makes you and your brain happy – all good for the sex drive.
2. Feeling Anxious? How Knitting Helps Fight Anxiety
When worries about being with someone in that oh so special way become excessive, knitting may help.
It has a calming effect that can help you fight anxiety.
Anytime you worry that you won’t perform as your partner wishes, that’s anxiety. Whenever you worry that your body won’t live up to your partner’s expectations, that’s anxiety. All those thoughts of being too fat, too thin, too short, or too tall, produce feelings of anxiety.
The concentration required for knitting takes your mind off anxious thoughts and onto measured repetitive actions. Measured and repetitive actions calm the mind. A calm mind makes you more receptive to enjoying activities rather than judging yourself.
It doesn’t matter if you use a simple or complex pattern or design for your knitting project. Knitting anything begins the process of changing your thoughts and therefore, causes a reduction in the amount of time your brain has for anxious thoughts.
3. Feeling Hypertensive? How Knitting Benefits High Blood Pressure
Not only does your brain release chemicals to start blood flowing to your sex organs but your heart does as well.
When high blood pressure damages blood vessels, less blood flows to those important sex organs. Less blood flow reduces your ability to work special magic with your partner.
Even worse, sometimes high blood pressure can make you care less about having sex.
That’s where knitting comes in. It works like meditation When you knit, you relax. Your body and mind become quiet and work in harmony. The more relaxed you can become the lower your heart rate and the lower your blood pressure.
Working simple or repetitive patterns may be best for knitters with high blood pressure. Complicated patterns or designs can initially raise blood pressure until you master the stitch pattern.
Ultimately, knit what makes you happy. Knit what makes you feel good and let your body find its state of good health.
4. Feeling Stressed Out? How Knitting Promotes Relaxation
The hormone cortisol forms naturally in the body. It should only make an appearance during a crisis, or in other words, a fight or flight response. Cortisol gives you energy to make it through the crisis and keeps you healthy by fighting infections.
Unfortunately, for many of us in today’s world, our adrenals think crisis is our normal state. Stress tells your adrenals you have a crisis. Your adrenals do what they know to do in a crisis, which means releasing cortisol. A lot of cortisol. All day and all night long.
Too much of a good thing, in the case of cortisol, is not a good thing.
You may sleep too much or have trouble sleeping. You may experience more colds or other infections that take too long to heal. You may gain weight. You may have a decreased desire for making love. All of these issues make it difficult to concentrate on your partner and find that loving feeling.
How does knitting help?
Knitting keeps stress at bay and thus limits the amount of cortisol released by your adrenals.
Knitting produces a state of relaxation for your body. When your body finds a relaxed state, it can’t be stressed. The less stress you have, the less cortisol released.
Once relaxation replaces stress, you may find a different excitement and enjoyment when your partner expresses a desire to be with you.
5. Feeling Pain? How Knitting Benefits Chronic Pain
When your back, knees, or hands hurt, it may be difficult to meet the amorous attentions of a loved one. Chronic pain may be especially hard to put aside.
There comes a time during a knitting session when the world disappears. You may not be consciously aware of your hands working the stitches. Knitting just happens.
During this time, your gut releases serotonin, a neurotransmitter that produces feeling of happiness and well-being. When you feel happy, you feel better. When you feel better, pain takes a back seat. When pain goes away, passion can enter.
For many chronic pain sufferers, physicians typically prescribe physical therapy or some form of exercise. Moving muscles, in an occupation like knitting, helps unlock stiff joints. Overtime, pain decreases. Less pain means more willingness to cozy up with your partner.
Knitting may help chronic pain sufferers in two ways:
- by moving unused muscles
- by relaxing the mind and releasing serotonin
For knitters with osteoarthritis of the hands, the simple hand movements in knitting can loosen muscles and joints. For knitters with other chronic pain, the relaxation produced by knitting can help with serotonin release. Feeling happier can decrease pain.
Knitting has health benefits that may lead to passion and possibilities.
It relaxes your body, giving it a chance to lower blood pressure, chase away anxiety and depression, and find a new way to deal with pain.
Knit your way to great times with your partner.
Who knows how good it could get thanks to the health benefits of knitting!