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Hey Creatives! Did you know that March is National Craft Month? It was created in 1994 by the Craft and Hobby Association to help everyone discover the joy of crafting. It’s a good time to find a new craft or re-discover a craft or hobby that you love but haven’t done in a while. There are so many different types of crafts or hobbies that can be pursued like crocheting, knitting, sewing, painting, quilting, baking, scrapbooking, jewelry making, and the list goes on and on. You can get started crafting by buying supplies at Michaels. Here is my affiliate link to get you started, click here.
In addition, it’s a great time to introduce a new craft to your child(ren). It’s a fun way to help them discover their creativity and spend some quality time with the family. It can be a learning tool as well. Crafting like drawing, painting, or working with clay can help them with dexterity, learn about colors, shapes and more. Even if you don’t want to participate yourself, you can support your local artists and craft markets by purchasing handmade items like crochet and knit wear, quilts, pottery, handmade cards, jewelry, and baked goods.
To top things off, there are many health benefits to crafting. According to a “British study of 3,500 knitters, published in The British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 81% of respondents with depression reported feeling happy after knitting. More than half reported feeling “very happy.” Even though the study was specifically for knitters and crocheters, I believe that the benefits can be transferred to any type of crafting.
Here is the list of *7 Health Benefits of Crafting
1. Reduces Stress
Stress is one of the leading health problems today. Relieving stress by knitting or crocheting can help reduce disease.
2. Helps relieve & reduce depression & anxiety
The repetition of crocheting and knitting has been shown to produce serotonin, which is a natural anti-depressant.
3. Projects help build self-esteem
Visualizing and working on a project can help make you feel better about yourself. It has helped people cope with fears like fear of unemployment to giving people the strength to leave relationships that have been abusive.
4. Decreased risk of cognitive impairment as you age
Some studies have shown that knitting and crocheting helped to delay age related memory loss. In fact, a study by researcher Yonas Geda, MD, a neuropsychiatrist at the Mayo Clinic, showed that “knitting is neuroprotective and may reduce dementia by as much as 50%.”
5. Can help with insomnia
A repetitive crochet or knit project can help to relax your mind and body. “A study by professor Herbert Benson of the Mind/Body Medical Institute found that 100% of insomnia patients reported improved sleep with 90% being able to eliminate medication in a program that included knitting.”
6. Relaxation reduces irritability & restlessness
Crocheting and knitting can help when you’re feeling bored or frustrated and it helps improve your mood.
7. Builds community & friendships
Regardless of any health issues you may me dealing with, it helps to have a support community. You can start or join a crafting group with people who enjoy crafting like you do.
So, as you can see, Crafting plays an important role in people’s lives. It not only allows you to release your creative skills, but it also contributes to your well-being and health. What new craft or hobby will you try or re-visit?
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Michaels is the largest arts and crafts specialty retailer in North America. They have supplies for a variety of crafts from crocheting, knitting, sewing, wood crafts, painting, soap making, leather crafting and much more. I hope this post has helped you find your inner creative self.
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Enjoy and Happy Crafting!
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*Source for 7 Benefits of Crafting, https://www.uaex.uada.edu/life-skills-wellness/personal-family-well-being/navigating-life-blog/crafting_for_health.aspx