Wednesday, March 29, 2017

How Crafting Affects Your Brain

I have always been aware of how crafting helps me relax, unwind, mentally focus and stay mentally alert. Crafting psychologically benefits me in many ways. I became curious about whether crafting does or can help others in the same way. Below is what I found out.

Research is discovering that crafting helps many people in the ways I mentioned above and that crafting may also delay or eliminate dementia. Science has discovered that the brain is active instead of static as originally believed. That means the brain can adapt as we age and not lose power and flexibility after we reach our 20s as was the common belief for so long. Crafting and other leisure activities such as reading, working crossword puzzles and cooking also help with this age adaptation.

Crafting allows us to meditate, which naturally reduces stress and fights inflammation. Since crafting is pleasurable, it also releases a neurotransmitter known as dopamine, the body's natural anti-depressant. The brain can only concentrate on one thing at a time. So, while concentrating on crafting, your brain won't think about things such as pain or hunger.  However, you use many parts of your brain while concentrating on that one thing. Crafting requires the use of your memory, attention span, visuospatial processing, creative and problem-solving abilities which helps fight that aging process and memory loss as mentioned earlier.

Finishing a craft improves your self-efficacy so your brain can be prepared for the many other challenges life throws at you. You'll feel capable of handling difficult situations, in other words. You believe in yourself.

It's no wonder I feel so great! Regardless of what you may have heard, crafting isn't a silly waste of time. Crafting actually builds brain awareness, reduces painful inflammation and is a natural anti-depressant among so many other positive attributes crafting offers. Get started right away so you can feel better soon! It's the best therapy you'll ever receive.

Have a nice day!

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