Narratives we've received over the years highlight the need to deal with the issues of –
  • Social isolation and loneliness

  • Low self-esteem/confidence

  • Stress, fear, anxiety and worry

  • Lack of rewarding, meaningful, purposeful occupation
  • Enforced change of identity, loss of identity.

These issues are important whether you are fit and well or living with a medical condition.

It's my experience that even with excellent medical care, if these issues are left unaddressed you will continue to have significant problems. Quality of life matters. The whole person matters – the mind, body and spirit are one and any approach to improving wellbeing needs to address each aspect of the whole to enable a person to successfully self-manage their health and wellbeing.

Knitting in particular is highly effective in dealing with these issues which makes it an ideal complement to medical treatments.

Doctors and nurses already refer patients to my therapeutic knitting group at a pain clinic. Therapeutic knitting and therapeutic knitting groups are being officially recognised by eminent clincians and academics as having an important role to play in mainstream healthcare. When I first began this work 'knitting in mainstream NHS' was a mere pipe dream but today we may not be far from the day when doctors routinely prescribe a dose of knitting twice a day!

The lessons we're learning through this work have the potential to change not only the way we all view our wellbeing but the way in which the medical profession (and importantly those in managmement) view and treat individuals with long-term health conditions.

It also highlights the need for us all to take responsibility and control of our own wellbeing because there's a lot we can do as individuals to improve whatever situation we find ourselves in.

This is just the beginning of an exciting journey.

Find out more about me and my passion for 'whole-person health' here.

Please Contact Me to let me know of your experiences.

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