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The Benefits of Crafting For Your Mental Health

The Benefits of Crafting For Your Mental Health

Life can become overwhelming very quickly, we live in a fast-paced world where demands are high on us. You may be juggling too much, feeling stressed from pressures, or struggling to find happiness in everyday life. A lot of us struggle with anxiety, depression, and other mental health struggles. I discovered that crafting really helped me deal with the curve balls life throws me and helped me to calm down when life became overwhelming, or when I was feeling anxious about things. 

When I realised that crafting helped me with my mental health, I dived into research on how it was possible that making a dreamcatcher or a vinyl decal mug made me feel so much happier. I was surprised by what I found, but it totally all made sense. 


So I wanted to share with you, WHY CRAFTING IS GOOD FOR YOUR MENTAL HEALTH. I promise you, once you read the benefits you will get straight into crafting. 

TREATING DEPRESSION

You read those words right – while struggles may still arrive, crafting has shown proven results in helping treat depression. AMAZING right!


Crafting is a therapeutic activity that calms the brain, because of the concentration needed and the repetition, your brain switches off from all the stress and bad thoughts it’s been having to concentrate on the craft. 

Crafting has been proven to release dopamine in the brain. Dopamine is known as the “happy hormone”.

DECREASES ANXIETY

Just like treating depression – crafting can significantly decrease anxiety. Anxiety is intense, excessive, and persistent worry and fear about everyday situations. 

Crafting allows you to escape these thoughts of worry and work in a safe space that does not cause these worries or fears. 

The concentration helps to distract the mind and the repetition releases serotonin in our brains, a natural anti-depressant.

Makes sense right?



REPETITION

Repetition is proven to reduce stress – which we all have too much of!

The rhythmic, repetitive movements, and the focussed concentration required when crafting help to produce a calming effect on the brain. 

Similar to meditation crafting helps to relieve stress and unwind from the everyday pressures we all face. 


BUILDS SELF ESTEEM AND A SENSE OF SATISFACTION

A lot of the time, when we are battling with our mental health, we feel down about ourselves, our abilities and often feel we are not good enough. 

Just by simply working on and creating a craft product, you feel so much better about yourself. 

When I create something, I feel a sense of satisfaction and pride. Working through a process from start to finish allows you to feel satisfied. 

 

BUILDING A COMMUNITY

One of the best parts of crafting is that often there are a group of people in your community or on online communities that are also into the same craft. 


I find these groups so supportive and they have allowed me to build great friendships with like-minded people, who too have crazy overflowing craft cupboards. 


They share in the joy of the crafts I make, understand the amount of work I put in, and help me when I am stuck on something new. 


Building a community around you of like-minded people who support you is one of the biggest benefits of craft. 


Whether you sew, crochet, make origami or knit, search for groups on Facebook and I guarantee you will find your people.


HELPING OTHERS

Crafting is a great skill to have and I love the satisfaction I get out of being able to help others. 


Whether it is creating something for someone or helping them to learn my craft, it gives me a sense of purpose and satisfaction. 


People really appreciate the time, love, and effort that goes into handmade and it is such a great feeling when you create something for someone and gift it to them.

 

There are lots of different crafts you can try, give some a go and find out which one makes you happiest. I find I get different enjoyment from different crafts depending on my mood, the time I have, or the purpose of the crafting. 


It may take a while to get the hang of a craft and sometimes at the beginning I even doubt myself, but trust the process and keep going because the rush of dopamine when you finish the product – will be well worth it. 


Get lost in craft and forget about the world for awhile. 


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