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You May Slow Aging By Using Your Hands

By Tom Herrin

There seems to more awareness today about age-related problems that people experience affecting their brain.  Many of these are a kind of dementia, Alzheimer’s being the most well-known.  As with so many other things, it appears that more people are doing what they can to take steps to prevent or delay the onset of such diseases.  Using the brain for skills that require some mental challenges is considered by many to be one of the best ways to accomplish this.  Working with the hands to create things, called crafting, is thought to be one way to work the brain sufficiently enough to help with this kind of development.

Your Grandparents May Have Had The Right Idea

Years ago, it was quite common for people to engage in skills that included using their hands when they had some down time.  The vision of a woman knitting steadily or a man doing some kind of woodworking with his hands is etched in the minds of many.  These people may have been productive for more reasons than people are aware of.  When people use their hands for crafting, it is necessary to use their brain to process the skills they will need to use.  They also must anticipate what it takes for the finished product.

It Can Help To Minimize Stress

Everyone knows how bad stress is on the body.  It can wear it down physically, mentally, and emotionally.  People under stress without some form of relief can become a train wreck.  They may be more likely to become ill, have trouble sleeping, and a variety of other things.  When they are able to lose themselves in something such as crafting, they are able to block out those things that cause stress as they bury themselves in their work.  Striving to have a good finished product and constantly improve their skills can help bring greater feelings of enjoyment and fulfillment in their lives.

There Is A Whole World of Crafts Out There

If you decide that you would like to try working with your hands, there are plenty of places to look.  There are craft stores, fairs, and magazines.  Everyone is a beginner at some point.  All you need to do is give it a try.  You may be pleasantly surprised at how quickly you may be able to learn the basics of crafting.  Once you begin, you will certainly want to improve your skills, and there are all kinds of resources to help you do so.    

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Red Oak, Tex.


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