Brain on Crafting

Psychologists believe a strong sense of self-efficacy is a key to how we approach new challenges and overcome disappointments in life.

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Crafting can help those who suffer from anxiety, depression or chronic pain, experts say... it may ease stress, increase happiness by releasing neurotransmitter called dopamine, leisure activities like reading, crafting may protect brain from aging.

Various researches have been done specifically on crafting. Neuroscientists are beginning to see how studies on cognitive activities such as crossword puzzles might also apply to someone who does complex quilting patterns. The neuropsychologists generally say that creating – whether it is through music, art, literature, cooking, sewing, drawing, photography, cake decorating, quilting, swimming, exercise meditation – is beneficial to us in a number of important ways.

Painting and drawing is one way to regulate strong emotions such as anger or prevent irrational thoughts. Flow could potentially help patients to dampen internal chaos.

A few moments in time when you are so completely absorbed by an activity that nothing else seems to matter - is the secret to happiness – it is a statement which supports with decades of research. Involving in various means of creativity makes us feel that we are living more fully than during the rest of our life. “If you know what you need to do is possible to do, even though difficult, and sense of time disappears. You feel part of something larger and you forget yourself.

Our nervous system is only capable of processing a certain amount of information at a time. That's why you cannot listen and understand two people who are talking to you at once. So when someone starts creating, his existence outside that activity becomes "temporarily suspended."

Our bodies are in a constant state of stress because our brain can't tell the difference between an upcoming meeting with the boss and an upcoming bear attack, Schindler says. The repetitive motions of knitting, for example, activate the parasympathetic nervous system, which quiets that "fight or flight" response.

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