We massively overlook the benefits of arts and crafts in our fast-paced, tech-obsessed society. Collectively driven to the point of emotional and psychological burnout, we have never needed an outlet for our daily stresses more than now.
Why not spend your time more wisely, releasing creative energy, relaxing and focusing your frazzled mind on something you’ve made with our own two hands. Here are just a few of the reasons to consider finding a hobby in arts and crafts.
Now that the school holidays are with us, you’ll have much more time to spend with your kids. Arts and crafts are a good activity because whatever you make together, you can display around the house. Not only does this encourage your kids to take pride in their work; if you display your work in your home, it serves as a permanent reminder of the quality time you spent bonding over it.
If you’re looking for ideas, there are plenty of websites with dedicated arts and crafts features for you to take inspiration.
2. Stress relief
In 2018, 74% of people felt so stressed at work they were unable to cope. Evidently, we need some way to relax and take our minds off the daily stresses which, over time, take a toll on our mental and physical wellbeing.
If you’re wondering what you can do to avoid burnout yourself, arts and crafts are one tried and tested method proven to have a positive effect on sufferers of stress and anxiety. In fact, in one study over half of the anorexic hospital patients were said to have felt less stressed after engaging in activities such as knitting.
Arts and crafts aren’t just good for people with mental health problems – it can also improve day to day happiness to maintain a general sense of wellbeing in all individuals.
In fact, in a study of University students, researchers found that those who participated in creative activities reported greater day to day happiness over time than those who did not.
You may find that arts and crafts help you to express, and come to terms with, things you otherwise are not able to talk about.
In the article The connection between art, healing and public health by Heather L. Stuckey and Jeremy Nobel, they wrote that “art helps people express experiences that are too difficult to put into words.”
Arts and crafts have also been used as a form of occupational therapy for war veterans suffering PTSD.
5. Creative work can help physical health
But it’s not just our mental health that can be impacted positively by creativity. In a study of HIV patients, a random sample found that those who did creative writing were able to produce more lymphocyte to fight diseased cells than those who didn’t.
This suggests that the plethora of positive side-effects associated with the mindfulness and creativity of arts and crafts can have a knock-on effect on our body’s ability to fight illness. How incredible is that?
6. Mental diseases
Arts and crafts are also reportedly beneficial for treating and even preventing diseases such as dementia and Alzheimers. This is because, with Alzheimer’s, the disease only affects one side of the brain, responsible for memory and logical processing.
Therefore, patients with Alzheimer’s struggle to express themselves effectively. However, the side of the brain associated with creativity is unaffected, therefore Alzheimers’ patients can express themselves through art. This has made an incredible impact on the lives and wellbeing of sufferers and their families.
Overall, the benefits of arts and crafts are abundant and clear. From creating lasting memories and projects you will cherish for years to come, to turning the clock back on debilitating illnesses, there has never been more reason to take up a hobby in the arts. So next time you reach for the TV remote, consider picking up a paintbrush instead.