On top of being fun and creative, needlepoint has some surprising health benefits as well. It reduces stress, improves brainpower, and encourages a sense of community. Also, studies show that needlepoint can even keep Alzheimer’s at bay!
Let’s take a look at the health benefits of needlepoint, shall we?
1) Needlepoint Relaxes The Body
Scientists at the University of Princeton found that animals who perform repetitive motions released higher levels of serotonin - the key hormone known for stabilizing one's mood, feelings of happiness and well-being. This could explain why many lifelong needlepointers swear by it to help them relax. Additionally, according to Psychology Today, using our hands may be the key to maintaining a healthy and calm mood, and the lack of this type of activity may result in "feelings of irritability, apathy, and depression". Even more reason to get out there and start stitching the day away.
2) Needlepoint Keeps Your Mind Sharp
Working with your hands is a great way to keep your mind sharp. Humans have always been on the go and using our hands to create and build is one of the cornerstones of our society. According to the Mayo Clinic, needlepoint and similar activities were shown to lower the risk of dementia in elderly participants. They believe that these activities were crucial in stimulating the mind which would in turn create networks of connections between brain cells - one of the most important factors in fending off dementia and Alzheimer's disease.
Considering both young and old can spend so much time focusing on their body and physical appearance, remembering the little things to keep your mind sharp can often be overlooked. Doctors often say "an apple a day will keep the doctor away", but maybe we should be saying "a canvas a day will keep you feeling your best". As such, why not try a new needlepoint kit today?
3) Needlepoint is a Community
From stitching clubs and Facebook groups to local shops and online classes, no stitcher is ever alone. If you ever have questions regarding a specific knot or are at a loss on how to improve your painting skill, there is always someone there to help you.
Some of my best memories were days spent with my close friends and family with a glass of wine and canvas or two.
Not to mention, Needlepoint canvases can make some of the best gifts. Remember, canvases can be made into many different things such as pillows, tote bags, ornaments, wallets, coasters, and more. The only limits are your imagination.
4) Create Your Own Journey With Needlepoint
Every needlepoint canvas is an adventure in itself. From the initial painting of the canvas to the finishing, every step of the journey is up to you.
Needlepoint allows for so many opportunities to create and design what you want. In doing so, you are rewarded with a sense of accomplishment and seeing how you progress every moment.
Remember, you set your own boundaries. If you have a favorite sports team but want to design their jersey in a different color, you can! If you have a favorite movie scene you want to recreate but want to add yourself in Angelina Jolie's place, you can do that too!