Crafting…The Natural Antidepressant

Crafting...The Natural Antidepressant

Crafting…The Natural Antidepressant

Research supports the idea that crafting – whether it be sewing, knitting, crocheting, coloring, or painting – is beneficial to us in a number of ways. Crafting is considered by many as a natural antidepressant and there are many good reasons for this belief.

Crafting improves mind and brain wellness as it encourages: 

  • Stress relief
  • Problem-solving
  • Hand-eye coordination
  • Spatial awareness
  • Fine motor skills
  • Focused attention
  • Creativity
  • Pride and achievement
  • Patience and perseverance

How Does Crafting Improve Mental Health: 

The reward center in your brain releases a neurotransmitter called dopamine when you do something pleasurable (like crafting). Dopamine is sometimes referred to as the “motivation molecule” because we are driven by its release. You can increase the amount of dopamine your brain releases by taking part in pleasurable activities such as crafting, playing sports, exercising, doing puzzles, etc.

So What Does That Mean for Me?

As I’ve discovered recently, crafting improves my mental health by helping me relax and focus on the task at hand. It encourages my creativity, hand-eye coordination, and fine motor skills. Crafting is not for everyone, but find an activity that brings you pleasure and take part in it when you are feeling bored, stressed, anxious,or depressed. Just like me, you may find that it improves your feelings better than any therapist or medication!

Crafts I’ve Completed Lately:

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