Now this is very interesting because I have known for some time that sewing relieves stress and the web is full of evidence how much of a benefit that sewing can be for you.
On surfing through the web I came across the site: 'Spark people' and read a post from someone called Cyndi (no relation but what a lovely name).
"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."
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 work your way through your gym routine getting fit for the beach this summer or simply looking to improve ways to improve your health, your 'plan for a healthier lifestyle' should definitely include a good diet and lots of exercise but think for a minute how much of a benefit including stress management activities like sewing would bring to you and your family.
So turn off the TV and pick up the needle. You will be so much more laid back for it.
Spread the l
ove, Cindy x