Crafting Reduces Stress! Stress is one of our leading health problems. Its effects range from migraines and fatigue to heart failure and early memory loss. Source.
Crafting decreases risk of cognitive impairment as you age. Several studies have shown that knitting and crochet can postpone age-related memory loss. The crafts can also be soothing for those people who are already experiencing signs of dementia. A study by the Mayo Clinic showed knitting is neuroprotective and may reduce dementia by as much as 50%.
Crafting helps relieve and reduce depression and anxiety. Depression relief is by far the most reported and studied benefit of crochet and knitting. The repetition of the crafts has been shown to release serotonin, a natural anti-depressant.
Crafting helps build self-esteem and confidence. Simply visualising, working on and then creating a project can make you feel better about yourself. This has helped people with everything from coping with the fear of unemployment to gaining the strength to leave abusive relationships.
Crafting helps with insomnia. Insomnia is a terrible feeling. You feel tired but you can’t sleep so then you’re frustrated that you can’t sleep, which just makes it harder to sleep. A study by the Mind/Body Medical Institute found that 100% of insomnia patients reported improved sleep with 90% being able to eliminate medication in a programme that included knitting!
Crafting builds community and friendships. No matter what stage of your life, or what health issue you may be dealing with, it helps to have a community of support around you, which can be achieved through crating! Source.
Let's Craft NI provides a range of holiday crafting programmes for the festive season. These programmes support positive health, well-being and mindfulness, whilst encouraging creativity and fun.
Feel free to get in touch to discuss creative programmes for your group!