From crocheting to calligraphy, creating homemade cosmetics, modeling from clay and cutting out of wood - for each person there is a type of creativity that matches his character and preferences. Handicraft is not only good time spent, but also a good mood. Why it happens? There are 6 good reasons for this.
Creating something with your own hands means believing in your abilities.
When starting a new creative process, it is impossible to determine with accuracy what the final result will look like. But starting from scratch and advancing step by step, a person discovers abilities in himself that he had never suspected before! Taking up the project of increased complexity, it is necessary to stock up on the confidence that the applied patience and effort will necessarily lead to the goal. The closer the project is to the end, the more and more clearly: “But I’m not at all so clumsy (a), lazy (a) and impatient (a), as one might have thought at the beginning.” Such progress allows opening new talents, raising self-esteem and gives joy to see your own man-made work.
Needlework allows self-expression
Not everyone can express their emotions and feelings in words. But in addition to words, feelings can be invested in something created with your own hands. Are you in a good mood? Why not capture the moment by making a bright pillow with flowers for the sofa! Want to tell someone you love? Make a gift with your own hands to express your feelings even more beautifully! To create is to go beyond the ordinary, to open and develop your unique abilities.
To create is to take care of yourself.
Handicraft projects have a positive effect on our mood, because they improve our interior or our wardrobe. At the same time, they bring memories from our childhood and give us a simple pleasure to make pompons or paper garlands. Not only the final result is important, but also the joy during the creative process.
Needlework helps to cope with stress
In France, conducted studies have established that manual work can deal with stress and improves mood in general. Concentration on the details in the needlework helps to gradually reduce the heart rate, as well as relieves anxiety and tension accumulated during the day or week. Focusing on a creative project, whether it be embroidery, ceramics or calligraphy, a person relaxes, forgets about his worries and plunges into a state whose benefits are close to meditation.
Some researchers in psychiatry even argue that needlework soothes depression. For example, according to Barry L. Jacobs, a neurologist at Princeton University, knitting, by its repetitive nature, increases the amount of serotonin in the nervous system and allows you to regulate the mood of people suffering from depression.
To create, you must disconnect!
In an era when we spend more and more time in the virtual world in front of screens at work and at home, manual work forces us to disconnect to sense the present moment. Needlework brings us closer to the real world and helps us achieve a level of awareness far from automatism in everyday life. Ph.D. Pascal Szabo, who studied the phenomenon of chronic fatigue, says: "One of the main sources of modern discomfort is probably an excess of abstraction." From this point of view, hand-made creativity frees us from this abstraction, allowing us to transform our thoughts and ideas into actions, into objects.
Working with materials, the process of developing or transforming through manual activity gives peace of mind in achieving goals, the meaning of which is simple and obvious.
Not only a popular occupation for mommies, bloggers ...
Modern Internet users may get the impression that handicraft is a popular hobby of young broghers. Not at all! If more and more young people are lured by a popular trend, older people have every reason to practice the kind of manual creativity that they like. It helps to stimulate neural connections, preventing memory loss with age, and also improves the health of patients with dementia and Alzheimer's disease. In addition, the use of small muscles when knitting, for example, helps prevent the development of arthritis.
So, if you currently do not have a creative project in progress, maybe it is time to start?