Crafting: why do we love it?

With my academic background (I have degrees in psychology and primary teaching), when I first started writing this post I felt like it had to be essay style – where every claim had to be backed up by solid research and properly referenced. While I completely agree with this style in some instances, especially to avoid plagiarism, it really took the heart out of what I was trying to say. Sometimes you just can’t find hard evidence of how or why something makes you feel a certain way.

That’s how it is for me with crafting. I know that I love it and it makes me feel happy but I’ve never truly thought about why.

So, after a bit of soul searching, I’ve come up with some reasons why crafting can be of tremendous benefit, according to my experience and intuition.

Stress relief

When you’re in your creative zone the world falls away and all you can see is the project in front of you. This is particularly helpful during times of stress to give your brain a break from the merry-go-round going on in your head.

 It’s gratifying

There’s no denying it can be a huge ego boost when you create something and people gush over it telling you how amazing it is and how clever you are. And there’s nothing like that feeling when you have a go at creating something and you nail it. It can make you feel like the smartest person alive!

It’s a social outlet…or not

Crafting can be as social or individual as you want it to be. It’s not like a team sport where you have to rely on others to succeed. You can sit alone at home to create and turn to the internet for lessons, ideas or advice. Or if you prefer to be in the company of others, you can find a local craft group to sit and chat to while you work away. Being an introvert, this choice is something that really appeals to me. I’d rather craft on my own but do venture out at times to admire other’s creations and get inspiration for new projects.

You’re making history

Some of the things you make will be treasured for generations. When I was about 5, my Nan gave our family some Christmas ornaments she’d crocheted and beaded. Those decorations now hang on my tree and every year I tell my kids the story of her making them. She passed away a few years ago so it is a special way for her to be remembered. My mum has also made quilts for the beds of each of her 9 grandchildren and they’re something that each child will cherish forever. It’s so heartwarming to know we are capable of creating personal heirlooms with our own two hands.

 

These are, of course, just a few of the myriad of benefits of crafting. Please feel free to share your ideas in the comments below.

 

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