The Benefits of Crafting are Many & Varied…
Relaxation. Relief from stress and anxiety. Increased happiness. A sense of accomplishment. These are just a few of the myriad benefits from the practices of crafting and hobbies. Crafting and partaking in hobbies have many positive health effects – both mentally and physically – as well as leaving those who partake with a great feeling of a ‘centered’ feel-good soul…
Crafters represent all walks of life (check out our epoxy resin Ambassadors for examples); from casual hobbyists seeking a pleasant and uplifting pastime, to entrepreneurs who make a business of crafting, and those suffering from anxiety and depression looking for distraction from their stress and trauma. Crafting provides a great outlet to express creativity – boosting spirits and cognitive activity.
“"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,” from CNN Health article, ‘This is Your Brain on Crafting,’ by Jacque Wilson.
Turns out that crafting makes us happy with effects similar to meditation and is a natural anti-depressant. Becoming involved in a constructive pastime gives us a much-needed break from our overly-connected digital world, providing much needed therapy for stressed minds and bodies.
Crafting distracts us from negative emotions; making us feel calmer and more relaxed. And the practice may be undertaken as either a solitary exercise or collectively depending upon your social preference. Engaging in activities that lead to a more positive mental outlook has shown to be of great benefit to physical health as well.
“The research into the physical and mental health benefits of craft remains largely qualitative and based on self-reporting. And it especially explores its capacity to generate positive health outcomes through positive mental health. While there’s much more work to be done here, it’s clear craft continues to play a key role in enhancing the quality of life of those who participate in its practices,” Susan Luckman, Professor of Cultural Studies, University of South Australia from ‘How Craft is Good for Our Health.’
So, break out the knitting needles, quilting fabric, or in the case of our Ambassadors and customers – epoxy resin – and get creative! It’s good for you and you’ll be glad you did!