So, I’ve been hand and machine sewing for 30 + years and have found it to be my ‘go-to’ destresser activity. Obviously, if you follow me on Instagram, Facebook or Pinterest you’ll notice I am a huge arts and crafts advocate and believe these activities are good for the brain and overall wellness of a person. Well, in my true nerd fashion I gave Google a quick search to see if I can find any scientific proof to back-up my thoughts.
I was pleasantly surprised to find a few really good articles to share with you. If you’re interested in reading the articles in their entirety, be sure to click on the link that is located within the “quoted” area. OH! Hey, be sure to join my newsletter to stay in touch with me 🙂
IS SEWING GOOD FOR YOUR BRAIN?
I was thinking about the rich interconnections between brain development and how we use our hands this morning. I was building an arbor for my garden out of some old futon parts I had scavenged and some joists taken from our roof. It was a rough, but satisfying job, involving an hour’s work and ending in a lovely entrance to my garden. I was not working with plans, just measuring and adjusting and cutting the evolving project as I went. I work that way a lot on projects of all sorts. Whenever I do, I thank the hours and hours and hours I spent sewing Barbie clothes as a kid. SOURCE: Psychology Today
SEWING AND MENTAL HEALTH
It is very meditative and helps you to stay or become calm and relaxed. It helps to reduce stress and ruminating thoughts. When you are sewing, you are basically forced to concentrate on one thing alone. You are fully immersed in your project. You have to go step-by-step SOURCE: This Blog Is Not For You
HEALTH BENEFITS OF SEWING
Sewing encourages mindfulness and reduces stress and anxiety. The meditative action of sewing encourages positivity and feelings of relaxation. Being forced to concentrate on one particular task enables you to become immersed in a situation and truly unwind. SOURCE: MindFood
SEW (get it, so … sew??) Okay, anyways, there you have it. Some scientific evidence of how arts and crafts, sewing and quilting, are in some way healthy for your total wellbeing. If you needed a creative excuse to buy more fabric, notions, or another great tool, you can use some of these facts to back up your purchase.