Socialising is fun and easy when you craft. It is the perfect mix of meditative (very meticulous magazine clipping), creative (now, where to put all those pictures of puppies I’ve cut out?), and conversational (which nut, if you could be any nut, would you be?). It gets people to feel comfortable in their own skin and to connect in innovative ways. But furthermore, crafting significantly benefits your mental health.
Creative activities are literally therapy for your mind. Whether it’s painting, cooking, gardening, knitting, or playing music, a creative outlet can greatly improve your mental clarity. Here are five ways, based on scientific evidence, that creative activities benefit our mental health:
- Stress relief
Particularly in repeated movements, such as crocheting, which are very meditative. However, whisking eggs or sketching on a canvas can be just as relaxing too.
- Recovery from mental trauma
Life isn’t always easy, in fact, most of us usually carry around some kind of baggage. But crafting helps people recover from traumas. It helps protect growing neurons and helps renew old neural connections, something which can be lost with age. CNN says people who take on craft-based projects in midlife and older have a 45 percent less chance of developing cognitive issues such as dementia.
- Prevents Alzheimer’s
Crafting, or being creative, exercises the regions of our brain associated with memory, improving communication between different regions of the brain. This contributes to an improvement in memory and delays cognitive deterioration.
Our emotional well-being gets a massive boost when we connect in new ways. Promoting self-refelction, creative activities act as a tool to help build our “psychological resilience” in the face of outside stressors. The American Journal of Public Health (AJPH) notes that creativity increases our control over emotional pain and depression.
- Socialising is made easy
Our social lives are vital to our well-being. Without a solid community, it’s easy for our mental health to crumble. People connect through shared experiences and interests.
Socialising through creative activities promotes not only happiness; but studies indicate it promotes health, too. Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health reports that socially active elders experience a slower rate of memory loss than those who aren’t socially active.
So, let your creative flag fly high! A crafternoon is the perfect activity in the lead-up to Street Feast.
*We’d love to see what you come up with, send photos and tell us a bit about your crafting session. Maybe it will inspire somebody else! Email firstname.lastname@example.org