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Crafts Hobbies

The joy of creating something with your hands makes you feel amazing. You may be feeling stressed or tense before you start but at the end, you feel calm and happy — satisfied deep in your soul. There is something to be said about crafting and its effects on one’s well-being!

Health Benefits of Crafting | Paris Corporation

benefits of crafting

Craft can boost mental wellbeing, help with anxiety, bring people together and improve cognitive skills.

4 reasons craft is good for your mental health | crafts council

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It does make intuitive sense that enjoyable leisure activities might improve well-being, and even that there might be something specific to creative activities, like knitting, that could provide a particular boost.

Yarnfulness: Engaging the public in research on well-being through craft — Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, University of Oxford

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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.

This is your brain on crafting | CNN

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There’s promising evidence coming out to support what a lot of crafters have known anecdotally for quite some time, and that’s that creating – whether it be through art, music, cooking, quilting, sewing, drawing, photography (or) cake decorating – is beneficial to us in a number of important ways.

Catherine Carey Levisay, a clinical neuropsychologist

Unlike some other leisure activities, craft remains to be enjoyed even after the activity is over:

[..] 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.

This is your brain on crafting | CNN

Crafting can induce a flow state

The concentration, focus, and accuracy required for crafting can induce a flow state – a mental state in which a person performing some activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and enjoyment in the process.

Find a craft hobby

At this point, you probably need no more encouragement to pursue a craft. So go ahead, explore the craft hobbies list, and find a hobby to immerse yourself in.

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