You may think that you don’t have time for creative pastimes. Well, think again. Recent studies have shown that doing something creative on a regular basis can boost your overall well-being significantly.
Research has shown that hand activity from knitting to woodworking to growing vegetables or chopping them are useful for decreasing stress, relieving anxiety, and modifying depression. There is value in the routine action, the mind pause, and the purposeful creative, or practical endeavor.
Can you recall how you felt the last time you made something by hand? Whether it was a cake, a home project, a new meal, or a scrapbook, it was absorbing and satisfying, right? Maybe you even had a moment or more of euphoria.
Creating something with your hands fosters pride and accomplishment, but also provides psychological benefits. When you make something you feel productive, but the act(s) and exploration involved in the doing can move your mind and elevate your mood. As you sift, shape, move and address your project your inner being moves too.
Creativity is a powerful tool for altering the inner life because making things or transforming inner states into outer productions fosters solace and satisfaction, even if the stimulus arose from an injury.