Want to feel better? Make something! In one study of more than 3,500 knitters, published in The British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 81% of respondents with depression reported feeling happy after knitting. More than half reported feeling very happy.
Crafting can also reduce stress, relieve or reduce depression and anxiety, build self-esteem, decrease the risk of cognitive impairment as you age, help with insomnia, reduce irritability and restlessness, build community and friendships plus crafting helps if you are grieving. To get into the details of these benefits read Crafting for Health on the University of Arkansas blog.
One of my favorite crafts is origami. I traveled a lot between Japan and Hawai’i as a child, and needed activities that weren’t electronics for my 8 hour flights. It quickly became an obsession, where I constantly wanted to better my skills and create new things.
I know not everyone is a natural crafter so I’ve designed an entire product line of games and activities so you can pick up a marker or paint brush and have some fun. When you are finished you have a functional object for yourself, or a gift you customized for that special someone.
Here are some DIY Craft Kits to Get You Started:
DIY Kits for the Jewelry Lover
DIY Kits for Board Game Lovers (young & older)
DIY Kits for Gifting
DIY Kits for Christmas