I came across a study, actually my boss sent it to me, about the effects of crafting and how it can be beneficial to you. I feel it carries a lot of weight when you think about the hours spent on a hobby or business and you get self-absorbed in blocking the world out. I know crafting helps me personally when I feel down, depressed, or otherwise not myself. I hope you will find this article inspiring.
“It’s okay to do your craft, anytime, any day.” – the Queen said so!
Some highlights are:
- Crafting can help those who suffer from anxiety, depression or chronic pain, experts say it is a good way to increase activities.
- It may also ease stress, increase happiness by releasing neurotransmitter called dopamine.
- Leisure activities such as reading and crafting may protect brain from aging, study finds this to be true.
Crafting can help those who suffer from anxiety, depression or chronic pain, experts say. It may also ease stress, increase happiness and protect the brain from damage caused by aging.
Little research has been done specifically on crafting, but neuroscientists are beginning to see how studies on cognitive activities such as doing crossword puzzles might also apply to someone who does complex quilting patterns. Others are drawing connections between the mental health benefits of meditation and the zen reached while painting or sculpting.
The effects of crafting are similar to those of meditation, and it helps to reduce stress. I can say it is a go to stress reliever for myself. I feel lousy some days but the thought of creating a work of art can bring me right out of the slump I’m feeling!
Our bodies are in a constant state of stress and crafting can alleviate worry, anxiety, depression, and give you a sense of well-being to tackle any task at hand. I have been a gardener for many years. My love of gardening is not the work involved but the results plus the feeling it brings of calmness and tranquility. I love sitting out on our deck in the early morning and listening to the birds and feeling the cool breeze. We have a large trees and one in particular, the pecan tree, the squirrels love.
I feel closer to God when I am in my garden.
A report from a paper written in 2007, “The neurological basis of occupation,” Schindler and co-author Sharon Gutman argue that patients could learn to use activities such as drawing or painting to elicit flow, which would offer a non-pharmaceutical way to regulate strong emotions such as anger or prevent irrational thoughts.
The reward center in your brain releases a neurotransmitter called dopamine when you do something pleasurable. Over time, we’ve evolved so that the brain can also release dopamine while we’re staining glass or decorating a cake.
And crafting’s reward goes far beyond creation. Seeing the finished product adorning your walls — or receiving praise from a loved one — can offer repeated hits of that feel-good chemical.
Crafting also improves our self-efficacy. Psychologists believe a strong sense of self-efficacy is key to how we approach new challenges and overcome disappointments in life. So realizing you can, in fact, paint on canvas, or bake a cake, or even knit a sweater, can help you tackle the next big paper your teacher assigns.
Creative Activities May Protect Against Aging
More than 35 million people worldwide live with dementia today. By 2050, that number is expected to more than triple, and experts are racing to find ways to protect the brain from this debilitating condition.
Studies have found intellectually stimulating activities, such as learning a new language, can help prevent cerebral atrophy and significantly delay dementia. Studies have found that shows cognitive training can improve reasoning skills and the brain’s processing speed for up to 10 years after said training has been completed.
Crafting is also unique in its ability to involve many different areas of your brain. It can work your memory and attention span while involving your creative side and problem-solving abilities.
Crafting is fun, entertaining, and you might even find you have a creative side after all.
Some of my favorite crafting hobbies;
Take a leap of faith in yourself and try to find a hobby that will give you hours of enjoyment and help to release everyday stress.
It will help you to be happier and more alert. Try to laugh more, that’s a very good stress reliever.
Join a group of people and learn a new skill!
YOU CAN DO IT!
Let the Queen know your thoughts and let’s have some conversations about this topic! (*CNN report on Crafting for authority links.)
Loving my crafts that help my sanity,
Doris aka Queen Rose