This past weekend I attended a good friend’s baby shower, and I was so happy to gift her with some crocheted goodies! A while back, I came across a really cute pattern for a “Foxy Stash Basket” on the “Yarnspirations" website HERE. I thought it would be a wonderful gift as it would not only…
Experts say crafting can benefit your brain, especially for those suffering from anxiety or depression.Her brother’s sudden death in 2004 hit Sarah Huerta hard.
In the years that followed, Huerta couldn’t leave the house without suffering a panic attack. She hated getting in cars since her brother’s body was found in one.She couldn’t seem to hold down a job. Every time she stepped outside she felt disaster closing in.
Her physician diagnosed her with post-traumatic stress disorder and extreme anxiety.
Her husband gave her knitting needles.
Huerta was skeptical at first. Knitting seemed silly — and difficult for hands she could never seem to keep still. But as she learned to knit and purl, hours melted away. She realized she was no longer focusing on the future, imagining catastrophic things happening to her loved ones.
"That’s when I seriously started crafting," Huerta said.
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.
Little research has been done specifically on crafting, but neuroscientists are beginning to see how studies on cognitive activities such as doing crossword puzzles might also apply to someone who does complex quilting patterns. Others are drawing connections between the mental health benefits of meditation and thezen reached while painting or sculpting.
"There’s promising evidence coming out to support what a lot of crafters have known anecdotally for quite some time," says Catherine Carey Levisay, a clinical neuropsychologist and wife of Craftsy.com CEO John Levisay. “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.”