Did you think that your quilting hobby was just that: a hobby? A study conducted by the University of Glasgow concluded that there’s much more to the craft than the mere pleasure it brings. If you’re a quilter, here are a few benefits that you may not have realized the hobby can bring:
1. Increased Confidence
Quilters understand the feeling of pride that comes with a completed piece. That completion can boost your sense of confidence and self-esteem over the long term. Studies show that people who quilt on a regular basis have an increased boost in their confidence.
2. Cognitive Ability
The more intricate your quilt design, the more likely you are to use complex math skills like geometry. As we grow older, our cognitive functions naturally decline. The more we use our brains, the healthier they remain. Cutting materials and piecing together a quilt helps to maintain cognitive ability.
3. Stress Relief
Any hobby, including quilting, can help to relieve stress. The repetitive, intricate nature of quilting can help to relax the body and clear the mind. It’s difficult to concentrate on your troubles when you’re quilting.
Instead of quilting alone, researchers suggest quilting with friends. Coming together for an activity can help people maintain old friendships and make new ones. Interestingly, the more people socialize, the healthier they are.
5. Physical Health
Any hobby that helps to relax the body can also lower blood pressure, keep cholesterol levels down and promotes heart health. While quilting isn’t a cure for everything that ails you, it can keep you in better overall physical condition.
More than just an enjoyable craft, quilting offers many benefits to its followers. From a boost to self-esteem to increased heart health, if you have been looking for an excuse to quilt more often, we’ve given you five perfect ones.