Crafty Strategies to Good Mental Health

Face it — life is busy!
The world is constantly changing with new technology and discoveries that keep us on our toes – not to mention our own never ending ups and downs. We are in perpetual motion!

Unfortunately, our world is also full of distractions that make it hard to be in the moment. Our lengthy to-do lists and personal challenges often keep us from enjoying the present moment. Over time, this will wear you down and can lead to unnecessary stress. Thankfully, there’s a simple way to overcome this problem; get crafty with beads, animal stencils, and more!

sea shell stencil

Craft Activities Requiring Focus Brings Benefits

Whatever challenges you face, practicing mindfulness will help center and anchor you to the present moment. This process will help remove the stress from your daily life and bring more joy to the tasks you have to accomplish. Whether your knit, quilt, paint, stencil, or bead … crafting calms the nerves, increases problem solving, and develops focus.

VW bus custom quilt

Benefits of crafting:

  1. Builds self-confidence
  2. Provides a sense of accomplishment
  3. Improves anxiety and coping skills
  4. Reduces stress

Sharing Activities Build Relationships

There are many ways to be mindful when you’re alone, but it’s always nice to be able to share those moments with the important people in your life. Getting crafty is a simple and fun way to enjoy time with others while spending quality time with yourself.

Ways to Get Crafty

There are a handful of ways getting creative can help you practice mindfulness and reduce stress. If you experience anxiety from racing thoughts, diverting your focus to a creative project is a great way to start. A project that needs your undivided attention will keep you from fixating on your worry and give your brain a chance to relax.
getting crafty

  1. Beadwork and jewelry-making is a wonderful past-time to create something beautiful for you or someone you love. Crafting may even take you into your next career as it did for Lejoi, who now creates custom jewelry for Brave Chick.
  2. Quilting and knitting are both exceptional options for relieving stress and providing something warm to enjoy during cool winter months. Geneva enjoys t-shirt quilting so much that she has taken it to a new level, making quilts from just about any fabric including those with zippers, pockets, collars and bows.
  3. Stenciling items such as invitation cards or even furniture, walls, and outdoor fencing is a great way to relieve stress and pretty up your home. Kathy found the craft of stenciling so rewarding, that she partnered with a local artist to create uniquely designed stencils for every use. She offers a wide variety of border stencils, large wall stencils, and animal stencils, including dog stencils, bear stencils, horse stencils, and more!

So break out the brushes, needles, and beads and take control and make something to make yourself happy, proud, and healthier. Wither it’s with beads or animal stencils, it’s time to get crafty!

I’m Allison Febrey, editor of Art Magazine Online. After a few years too long in the cut-throat, competitive world of the New York City publishing industry, I decided to follow my passion and create an online magazine for modern artists around the world. This is a community site, if you’re an artist or just an art admirer, feel free to join the discussion!

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