Don’t worry – we’re not asking you to give up knitting or crochet! However, your favourite crafts can help you give up smoking and as 31st May is the World Health Organisation’s ‘No Tobacco Day’ then this is a great time to think about quitting. 

We all know how calming it can be to just sit and knit. In fact, many mindfulness practitioners have found that knitting, crochet and other crafts are very useful when combined with other meditative techniques. The repetitive process along with concentrating on a single task can help get the mind to focus on just one thing.

When it comes to giving up smoking, research has shown that because knitting stimulates both hemispheres of the brain it enables the knitter to be both relaxed and alert at the same time – which is ideal when you are trying to break a long-held habit. Both knitting and smoking create the same response – they cause the brain to relax and produce ‘happy’ brainwaves. And, of course, it’s much more healthy to do this with a bit of knitting than with tobacco! And because knitting gives you something to do with your hands, you are much less likely to reach for a cigarette.

So rather than fill an ashtray of an evening, why not get out your knitting needles or crochet hook and craft your way to better health?