The Mental Health Edit Volume I – Mood
The Mental Health Edit
Volume I – Mood.
Existing research has established a link between creativity and health and well-being. But, it is only recently that multidisciplinary research involving arts and medical practitioners has begun to show the importance of craft-based activities for positive well-being.
“So fun! Crafting really does make you happier.... even if I'm not the best at it! All the materials needed and more come with [the Adults & Crafts kit]. Highly recommend!” - Sara M.
“I absolutely love this idea. I mean who has time to research crafts, decide and go out to buy all the materials. The time is spent creating! It makes me feel so good to create something beautiful and be proud to display it as my own.” - Lana S.
In 2015, The British Journal of Occupational Therapy ran a study of more than 3,500 knitters.
81% of participants with depression reported feeling happy after knitting, while more than 50% reported feeling very happy.
Depression relief is by far the most reported benefit of knitting and crochet/weaving. The repetition of these crafts has been shown to release serotonin, a natural antidepressant. Crafting also stimulates the production of dopamine, the “feel good” neurotransmitter, that is responsible for pleasure and enjoyment.
In 2017, clay work was also studied regarding the effects of clay art therapy on adult outpatients with major depressive disorder. The results indicated that clay handling aids in emotional regulation, and is further supported by a separate study done in 2015 which suggests that creative clay work may greatly reduce negative moods and enhance positive ones.
While clay and textiles crafts have been specifically mentioned here, broader research has shown that crafting, regardless of the medium you use, can bolster mood.
According to the National Library of Medicine, crafting and engaging in general creative activities can help decrease mood disturbances and promote an overall better quality of life.
Our ultimate goal at Adults & Crafts is to do exactly that - to advocate for a better sense of well-being in a creative way.