It seems kindergarteners are onto something. Arts and crafts may have a reputation for being child’s play, but the hobby provides serious benefits for people of all ages. Those include boosts to your cognitive, physical, and emotional wellbeing. This revelation goes hand-in-hand with what studies have shown time and again in recent years: the creative arts help us to relax, heal and enjoy a happier life.
Here’s how arts and crafts could help you.
You’ve heard this before: stress kills. In recent years, hobbies like yoga and meditation have gained popularity for their stress busting abilities. Now, you can add drawing and painting to that list. You can do this in one of two ways. One, draw a visual representation of your emotions and use the art to process that old, stagnant stress.
Keep Your Brain Healthy and Creative
The old saying ‘use it or lose it’ applies here. In your brain, neurons that fire together wire together, but those that stop communicating eventually die off. Studies show that when we don’t engage our creative thinking, we experience cognitive decline. Our brains age healthier when we keep our creative side engaged.
Improve Your Hand-Eye Coordination
During arts and crafts, we ask both hands to work together. Whether we’re cutting or finger-painting, both sides must fall in-sync to complete the task. Think of this as a workout for your hand-eye coordination. A few hours of collage-making could aid you on the football field or tennis court. Who knew?