Three Therapeutic Benefits of Creating Art and Crafting

August 12th, 2013 jeanhansen

 

We all participate in various art projects for different reasons, but one thing is certain: there are vast and real therapeutic effects that come from our craft. It’s an amazing thing to be able to gain real benefit from something that we so enjoy doing and sharing it with one another is a large part of that joy. Which brings me to the first benefit:

 

Strengthening of social skills: Crafting in any form is a largely social activity. It’s so wonderful to be able to connect to those who share a similar passion for a common activity. This makes it easy for us to be social, whether it’s to gain tips, advice and project ideas, or just to talk while we’re working. The effects of interaction with other people can have a huge impact on your confidence as well as your overall happiness.

 

Relaxation and stress relief: Creating art provides a large form of relaxation for all who partake in the activity. By allowing your mind to focus on the activity at hand, the relaxation that comes from it is proven to reduce stress levels. For this reason, art therapy is becoming an increasingly popular form of therapy. It’s proven effectiveness is just another reason why creating art is such a beneficial activity that can be utilized by anyone – young and old.

 

Feelings of fulfillment: There is a huge feeling of fulfillment and accomplishment that comes from creating something that you can be proud of. Displaying your artwork, creating something functional, or giving it to others in the form of greeting cards or gifts only further enhances this positive reinforcement.

 

No matter your reasoning for creating art, the benefits you’re reaping from the activity are priceless. Each day, more people are discovering the amazing benefits from creating art and participating in art therapy programs including those just searching for a new hobby, as well as those suffering from more serious physical and mental conditions.

 

Giving back to my community of fellow artists in the form of educating has always been a passion of mine. I have been fortunate enough to meet a close and special community of people who have only further solidified my love for the art forms. To learn more about my classes and what there is to learn about this Early American Stenciling Technique as it is applied to the creation of greeting cards, and on interiors and other functional surfaces, view my Upcoming Events page. Keep checking back to my blog for more tips, news, and other fun and interesting information!

 

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