Holiday stress is very real for many people. Even if you love the holidays and enjoy your family, it can be a tough time. If you have family issues, then it can be even more of a struggle. Crafting can help.
There aren't many (any?) books out there on how weaving improves mental health. Likewise, you won't find a lot of writing about the mental health benefits of crochet, knitting, embroidery, woodworking, scrapbooking, or any other crafts. Nevertheless, people are writing about how crafting heals.
Emily Esfahani Smith has authored a compelling book titled, "The Power of Meaning: Crafting a Life that Matters." This book isn't literally about hands-on crafting. Instead, it is a well-researched guide to finding meaning in life. However, her research can be combined with research into how crafting heals to help us in crafting meaning for our lives.
I recently had the opportunity to compare two different studies into the health benefits of crochet. I was thrilled to see that the two studies, completed entirely independently of one another, turned out similar results. This gives us great insight into the leading benefits...
One of the key ways that crafting heals us is by interrupting the ruminations of the mind. Rumination is a common symptom of depression. Therefore, interrupting rumination can help reduce depression.
Craft therapy and art therapy have many similarities. They utilize a number of the same strategies. People experience many of the same mental health benefits from each of them.