Wayside House has woven into its innovative therapeutic practices — knitting. We now have a knitting instructor (a therapist who is a licensed clinical social worker) and clients along with alumni have formed a knitting circle as part of the therapeutic activities. You might ask why. The number one reason is that staying occupied is clearly good for our health, especially when a hobby is connected to a social circle. Knitting has many benefits and brings out creativity and is relaxing at the same time. The rhythmic repetitive movements seem to put us in the present moment, distracting us from mulling over the past or fear of the future. The relaxation response is known to bring down blood pressure, heart rate and help to prevent stress related illnesses. Our clients and alumni are raving about their new hobby and reaping benefits along the way. We are always looking for donations of yarn too. And, there’s plenty of proof about the benefits of knitting in addiction treatment. Click here for full story.