Crocheters, rejoice! The gentle curve of your hook and the challenge of a new stitch may have huge benefits for your mental health.

According to Mind.org, 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year, and in England, 1 in 6 people report experiencing a common mental health problem, such as anxiety and depression in any given week. Luckily, there’s been research surrounding the use of interlocking loops of yarn to help to promote a sense of calm.

Crochet’s rhythmic and repetitive nature is so calming, comforting and contemplative that many have hailed it as the ‘new yoga’- and it seems thiscrafty trend, as a mindfulness practice and perhaps as a form of meditation is here to stay. No longer are you limited to long walks in the park, or spending hours in the gym trying to clear your mind. In fact, a quiet space in your home, balls of colourful yarn and as many hooks as you’d like are some of the few tools needed for ultimate relaxation.So boil the kettle and get crocheting with a steaming cuppa by your side.

But how does it work? The answer is simple. Starting out with gentle repetitive stitches is said to stimulate the production of serotonin, the essential chemical in the brain that helps us to feel better. And, believe it or not, the simple act of choosing colours can work wonders in helping to soothe a worried mind on a difficult day. For a more detailed approach to hook your yarn and heal your thoughts, you can give our simple technique a try. You’ll first need to select a 5mm crochet hook and 4-ply yarn http://bit.ly/Crea-Shop that’s easy to work with. Begin to crochet a foundation chain, one loop at a time, ensuring that you count each chain as you go. Try your best to think only of the project at hand, focus on the details of creating the chain, notice how the yarn’s texture feels against your skin – see if you can imagine how the completed piece will feel.

Your mind will naturally be drawn to the detailing of your project, instead of the bad week, month or year you’ve had. Take deep breaths as you continue on your crafting journey and repeat the process of creating loops until all you can think of is an abundance of happiness.

In addition to crochet being a form of textile crafting, thus having a positive impact on mind health and wellbeing, you’re bound to increase your chances of mastering a skill that’ll allow you to create some pretty amazing pieces for yourself or family and friends. Think beautiful crochet mandalas, a nifty scarf or a gorgeous blanket that’ll keep the cold at bay. In return, putting a smile on someone’s face or receiving a handful of thank you’s will also act as natural mood boosters.

Crochet essentially gives us a focus for the mind to keep coming back to again and again, stitch after stitch, round after round. By actively focusing on the project in your hands, you can stay in tune with the present moment and can be a terrific activity to include as part of a total wellness plan.