I have just found an article online about the therapeutic benefits of stitching, especially knitting. I know that I forget any pains while I am knitting, crocheting or cross stitching. I also snack less and drink more water. Despite the sedentary nature of sitting and stitching, I am losing some weight. I am calmer. Yes, there is still underlying pain, stress and depression, but I find it easier to cope with. I think that there may be something in this.