I’ve always had plenty of reasons to craft, but this one may beat them all!
It seems that crafting not only eases stress and increases happiness, but it can help those who suffer from anxiety and depression, and may also protect the brain from aging.
All those years I told my husband that scrapbooking was better (and cheaper) than therapy, I wasn’t fooling! I’m sure that crafters far and wide already believe crafting promotes good health—it’s just nice to have some scientific evidence to back it up!
“There’s promising evidence coming out to support what a lot of crafters have known anecdotally for quite some time,” says Catherine Carey Levisay, a clinical neuropsychologist and wife of Craftsy.com CEO John Levisay. “And that’s that creating – whether it be through art, music, cooking, quilting, sewing, drawing, photography (or) cake decorating – is beneficial to us in a number of important ways.”
Furthermore, recent studies show that activities like crafting could reduce your chances of developing mild cognitive impairment by as much as 50 percent.
Think about the time you spend doing something creative that you love – reading, cross stitching, taking pictures or creating a scrapbook – doesn’t it make you feel great? When we are being creative, our brains release dopamine, which is a natural anti-depressant. Research shows that knitting and other forms of crafting including sewing have a lot in common with the practices of mindfulness and meditation. They are also reported to have a positive impact on mind health and well-being.
So now I know exactly what to say next time one of the kids asks me what I’m doing when I’m crafting: “I’m improving my brain health and mental well-being!”