Who says crafting help with mental health?
Crafting serves not only as a healthy distraction from stresses and triggers but also provides a much needed outlet for self-expression.
According to Healthline, crafting reduces anxiety, improves mood, and increases happiness.
The Craft Council also supports the idea. They note how crafting has also been linked to alleviating symptoms of depression, loneliness and even dementia.
Even CNN Health affirms, "Crafting can help those who suffer from anxiety, depression or chronic pain, experts say. It may also ease stress, increase happiness and protect the brain from damage caused by aging." They also state, "...crafting’s reward goes far beyond creation. Seeing the finished product adorning your walls – or receiving praise from a loved one – can offer repeated hits of that feel-good chemical."
In one of their weekly blog posts, the Family Consumer and Sciences Department at U of A, concurred that crafting has important mental health benefits. They also reported that crafting reduces stress, helps relieve and reduce anxiety, projects help build self-esteem, decreases risk of cognitive impairment as we age, can help with insomnia, reduces irritability and restlessness, can build communication and friendship, and can help with grief processing.