Hi! My name is David. I enjoy knitting, because it helps me manage stress which is good for my bipolar disorder.
I like to knit because it helps me get focused on something. It's kind of like meditation and it really clears your mind and it's very relaxing.
Relaxation could help someone with bipolar manage their moods by helping them to relax in their body, their mind and their emotions and through that relaxation create a greater center
so they can be more aware of their mood swings, their thoughts and their feelings.
I started knitting about three and half years ago, but I had been taught by my mother when I was about 10 years old.
But when I picked it up, I remembered how to do it, so it was something that was very natural. It came back to me.
I do it when I get up in the morning first thing. I enjoy getting up in the morning because I have that to look forward to. So, when I'm feeling a little bit depressed, it helps me get out of bed.
I like going to the yarn shop because you can just go down there and knit with them any time you feel like it and actually on Wednesdays, they have a men's group.
The people, they are really, really helpful, really friendly, so it gives me a nice sense of community.
It helps me manage my bipolar by helping me focus in getting out myself. It lowers stress and anything that lowers stress is helpful to managing my bipolar.
There are a number of ways the person can incorporate relaxation in a wellness path. Yoga is very popular meditation, regular exercise, going for a walk and getting in touch with nature.
A person can also do deep breathing. So, whatever relaxation technique you choose, whether it's yoga, whether it's knitting, whether it's exercise,
it's important to find one that you enjoy because if you enjoy it, you're going to do it more regularly and it's -- you're going to get more out of it.