Benefits of Doing Crafts and Art

Royce Guo, School News Editor & Co-Editor-in-Chief

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The concerns of our daily lives force us to pursue activities that help us relax. Crafts and art-related activities are an excellent option. Not only do they make us feel better, they also stimulate our creativity and encourage us to explore new hobbies. The goal of these activities is to simply concentrate on a certain activity so that our mind disconnects from other stresses.

If you are interested in crafts, there is an infinite amount of possibilities to explore. Have a penchant for geometry and steady hands? Origami promotes a sense of tranquility and helps you eliminate stress. Scientifically, tactile crafts such as origami have been shown to improve memory and problem solving.

If you prefer cozying up to a warm blanket instead, knitting may be your calling. The act of knitting requires coordination and concentration, keeping you in a mindful state. If you would like to explore art, cross stitching allows for you to create unique designs and messages, and, of course, you may end up with a piece of work to use and enjoy.

Seek crafts that suit your individual interests. If you are a spontaneous person, a craft such as abstract painting, collaging, or pottery will give you the opportunity to unleash your passion. Do you enjoy precision and details? If so, activities such as beadwork, embroidery, and quilting may give you a great sense of satisfaction.

Different crafts may also give you an outlet for expressing emotions. If you are in need of releasing frustration, a physical hobby like felting or metal work can help you release your anger. Feeling like you need soothing? A repetitive, calming activity like crocheting may give you the relief you need.

Not only can crafts give you an outlet for expression, it can be an opportunity to meet new people, join new groups, or take a new class. Crafting can also reuse and gives new purpose to old objects in your home. For instance, you can make a collage from magazines or repaint an old bookshelf.

As with any skill, beginning to craft requires you to develop new skills and challenge yourself. If you seek a creative outlet that will relieve stress, crafting is the perfect place to start.

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