Crafting as Therapy

By Terri Huntley

March 28, 2016

Who has the time?  Right?!?!  Between work, running errands and taxiing the family here and there, who has time for crafts?  The crafts (classes) we teach at Sparkleez Crystals are great for the busy person because you can work on them a little while put them down and come back to them later.  They are also portable.  You can take them on the plane, to the soccer game and to that family picnic.

But what I want to talk about today is relaxing.  In this crazy world we need time to relax so we don't spontaneously ignite.  Kumihimo braiding jewelry, crocheting hats, scarfs, ponchos and bags, or knitting the same can really help to calm those tightly wound nerves.

Experts say crafting can help those who suffer from anxiety, depression or chronic pain.  It may also ease stress, increase happiness and protect the brain from damage caused by aging.  "There's promising evidence coming out to support what a lot of crafters have known anecdotally for quite some time," says Catherine Carey Levisay, a clinical neuro-psychologist and wife of Craftsy.com CEO John Levisay. "And that's that creating -- whether it be through art, music, cooking, quilting, sewing, drawing, photography or cake decorating -- is beneficial to us in a number of important ways."  (http://www.cnn.com/2014/03/25/health/brain-crafting-benefits/)

Crafting may actually save us money, too.  Crafts like crochet, knitting, braiding, beading and quilting actually trigger the release of dopamine to your brain which aids in all kinds medical issues like anxiety, stress, depression, ADHD and chronic pain.  It may save you a trip to the doctor and medication costs.  

At Sparkleez Crystals we have several craft clubs that meet Thursday evenings monthly.  We also schedule classes for crochet, kumihimo braiding, beading and knitting.  You can see all of these on out events calendar on this website and on facebook.

Come craft with us at Sparkleez Crystals ~ 1147 E. Main St in Ashland, Ohio.  

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