Top Five Health Benefits of Yarn Crafts
Sunday, 17 January 2021 | Admin
Five Health Benefits of Yarn Crafts
The colder months have settled in and while some find comfort in warm blankets and popcorn in front of a film, for others this is a difficult time of year. Crafting has long been hailed for improving mental health, increasing dexterity in the hands and has even been proven to delay the effects of dementia. It is more vital now than it ever was, when other hobbies and activities might not be possible taking the time to improve or pick up a new craft can bring important health benefits.
1. Crafting as stress relief.
Working with your hands can help to settle your mind by giving you something specific and physical to do. The repetitiveness of crafting has also been shown to release serotonin which can alleviate depression and Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). As well as boosting your overall mood, crafting lowers your blood pressure by reducing cortisol in the body. It is a heart healthy activity in more ways than one, giving both your physical and mental health a boost.
2. Increased confidence.
The accomplishment that you feel from learning a new skill can strengthen your confidence. Making something and holding it in your hands, getting to wear it yourself or gifting it as a sign of love will also increase your self-esteem. If you find work/life balance hard to manage, crafting is also a good place to turn as it forces you to relax without losing that feeling of productivity and self-worth.
3. Reduces restlessness.
We all become more sedentary during the winter as the cold can make outdoor activities less appealing. Being stuck indoors can make you restless and lead to insomnia but that frustration can be eased by knitting or crochet as it take you away from repetitive thoughts and feelings in your mind and gives your body somewhere to focus its energy.
4. Stops mindless eating and drinking.
During the long wintery evenings crafting can stop you from reaching for the crisps or chocolate, curbing those moments of mindless snacking in front of the TV. You may also find it helpful during the festive period as giving yourself something hold in your hands can slow your pace of drinking.
5. Crafting for socialising.
It won’t come as too much of a surprise, but crafting can also bring you closer to the people you care about. Learning something new with another person has been shown to keep you motivated and cement your new skills more quickly. Why not challenge a friend to learn a craft with you? Sharing progress through pictures or making small objects to send to each other lets them know you’re thinking of them.
Taking the time to craft provides us with so much more than we’ve covered here – it is also a form of self-expression, a skill that can be turned into a career and a way of improving memory and cognitive skills. You don’t need to know everything at the start to enjoy the health benefits of crafting, you will reap the rewards whether you’re a complete beginner or you have years of experience so why not pick up your needles or hooks and enjoy some yarn therapy.