How Crafting Can Help You Beat Stress
By Sara Butler
OK, so you’re not Martha Stewart when it comes to crafts. Here’s the thing: You don’t need to be in order to reap the benefits for your mental health! Crafting has been found to be a great way to help people find relief from stress and anxiety. Even simple crafts are a great outlet. Here’s how crafting can help you manage stress and a few simple crafts you may want to give a go!
How Crafting Helps
Simple crafts have shown time and again to help people focus on something else other than the things they’re feeling stressed about. When a person can find focus and peace during a simple activity, that’s referred to as “flow.” In fact, a recent study published on knitting in the British Journal of Occupational Therapy has shown knitters to have levels of increased happiness. When you have a hobby that makes you happy, then you’re less likely to fall back on bad habits to help you cope with stress and anxiety. So, trade in the binge eating for some finger paint and see where it takes you!
Coloring has become very popular for adults lately. It’s the perfect hobby for someone who doesn’t want to spend a lot of money on startup costs or doesn’t feel creative otherwise. How simple lis this: Buy a book and some colored pencils and be on your way. Coloring has a way of helping you focus, so it definitely can help take the mind off more troubling things.
Crocheting or Knitting
The rhythmic motions of crocheting and knitting are a great way to deal with stress because the motions are simple but habitual. It provides a point of focus that helps you quiet your mind and practice some properties of meditation. Plus, you can make gifts for loved ones!
Making a Mosaic
Stress relief comes in many forms, and sometimes smashing things (for art!) is exactly what you need. That’s what makes mosaicking such a great hobby. You get to physically crush and break up tiles and then place them with precision to create a design. Start small and see how far you can take your mosaicking skills!
You don’t have to be great with thread and needle to do this crafting project, but it does require concentration and attention, helping you to get lost in something other than your troublesome thoughts. Plus, there are some pretty outrageous cross stitch patterns out there that are guaranteed to make you chuckle!
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