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Crocheting and knitting are oftentimes associated with a hobby people take on as they age. But before you younger folks pass judgment on what is sometimes viewed as a granny-like activity, you’re going to want to pay attention.

Research suggests stitching not only brings joy, but there are also several benefits–both physical and mental. This includes decreased anxiety and depression as well as a reduction in chronic pain. There is also evidence it helps those recovering from anorexia nervosa (AN). The activity is said to distract them from obsessive thoughts about eating, weight gain and body shape.