Today, I’ll be sharing three reasons why you should craft.
Not only does it help relieve stress, but it also unleashes your creativity and adds some fun to your day. I’ll incorporate some research on the benefits of crafting and adding some personal anecdotes on when crafting helped me.
To read it, keep scrolling!
1. Stress Release
If you didn’t know, I’m a cardmaker. While making cards is my job, it also helps me relieve stress. Whenever I craft, I get into a meditative trance, and my mind clears. Turns out, I’m not alone!
According to The British Journal of Occupational Therapy, “81% of respondents with depression reported feeling happy after knitting. More than half reported feeling “very happy.””
Now, why does this happen? Well, in a society where we’re always on the go, our brains can’t differentiate between a deadline and being attacked. It triggers the same response. When you craft, the repetitive motions activate the parasympathetic nervous system, which quiets the fight or flight response to stress.
Personally, I find that the repetitive motion of putting together a card gives me something else to focus on instead of the bazillion other tasks that I need to do. It grounds you in the present moment, like working out.
According to another expert, the more often we release dopamine, the happy hormone, the less stressed we’ll be. When you see the finished craft, you feel accomplished, thus releasing dopamine. I feel that way every time I finish a card design!
2. Unleash Creativity
Besides relieving stress, crafting can also help you unleash your creativity. When you craft, you’re creating something from nothing but an idea in your head. That’s the epitome of being a creative person! You come up with new and innovative ideas and turn them into reality!
Even if you use someone else’s work as inspiration, you put your own spin on their design, which also uses creativity. For example, my friend Meg from Pegzie Creation uses a crochet pattern that someone else made. However, she’s the one who decides which colour yarn will pair well together. I pair pattern paper and coloured cardstock together to create a beautiful card.
Whatever you craft, you’re being creative! You’re doing whatever you want without rules. If you think something looks good together, do it! If it turns out horrible, pivot to make it work.
When you make something, sometimes, things don’t go according to how you envisioned it. I have so many failed card attempts, it’s not even funny! Sometimes, the colours and patterns that I thought would pair well don’t, I didn’t mix the correct paint colour, the layout doesn’t work out, or I run out of supplies. Crafting allows me to practice my problem-solving skills- which requires creativity!
Being creative is fun! You can do whatever you want while crafting. I personally catch up on TV shows and movies when I make cards. However, you can also listen to a podcast, your favourite album or call a friend!
Even better, craft with friends or family. It’s a great way to bond and laugh over your mistakes and horrible creations together. And, you can congratulate each other on a job well done too!
Merriam-Webster defines fun as “what provides amusement or enjoyment.” Crafting definitely provides amusement or enjoyment! It’s fun to take time for yourself or spend it with family and friends.
There are so many benefits to crafting. I focused on three today: stress relief, training creativity and having fun. Nonetheless, there are others that I didn’t touch on- specifically, the developmental importance of crafting.
If you want to learn more about that, you should check out Play to Learn with Margarita’s Instagram account. She has many activities and explanations of how crafts can help your child develop critical cognitive skills.
Ultimately, I hope this blog post inspired you to get crafting!