Crafts for Wellbeing

Little did I know when I wrote this post about never to old to start something new I would be researching crafts to run my first craft session. A chance conversation about making beehive candles has led to me taking the session at the day hospice where I volunteer. I’m not a crafter but I’m enthusiastic and as long as it’s simple but effective I like the creative process. These sessions are part of a wellbeing programme.

As more and more people are looking for opportunities for self care and me time, craft classes fit the bill. A chance to take time away from the hustle and bustle of busy life.

One such group hoping to provide quality social time is Mothers Matter. Originally set up for a time out away from the kids the group is for mothers of any age. Mothers Matter provides walking groups, social events and meet ups around the Chester/North Wales area.

A recent event, craft related and something I hope to recreate with my group, was Wire Words. Helen of Homely Rose brought her skills of bending wire into words to the Mothers Matter event. With canapés and a glass of wine the group settled down to create. It was a lovely evening.

Craft events are becoming more popular as an antidote to the stresses of work and our fast paced modern life. Crafts don’t require any skill to start. You build on the skill as you improve so one way or another its open to everybody.

5 reasons to craft

  1. Improves mood: Whether you are by yourself, having a craft party, or booked onto a group event with strangers, being creative enhances the mood. And crafting with other people can turn into a genuinely fun social occasion. Even after you finish a piece there’s a sense of pride for what you’ve created.
  2. Brain power: Improves concentration and an opportunity to use different areas of the brain.
  3. Social activity: Crafting with a group, connecting with the people you’re with by talking about the pieces you are working on.
  4. Use cognitive skills: Cognitive skills are the core skills your brain uses to think, read, learn, remember, reason, and pay attention.
  5. Help fight ageing: All of the above reasons help fight the ageing process. By keeping your brain active, using social skills and the hand to eye coordination.

Being in the moment and concentrating on the craft in hand is Increasingly referred to as Mindfulness. This being a much desired quality for many people, it’s not surprising crafts are being sought out for their mental and even physical benefits. And of course, you make something lovely to take home.

Currently Arts Council England are funding craft/art projects in libraries. See what’s available in your area.

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  • This is lovely Lorraine, I’m not very good at crafts but I always have a go as it’s such a great way to be creative and focus the mind. Thanks for the link too, I’m going to see if there’s anything on local to me.

    • Thanks Angela, i’ve just done an embroidery workshop at the library, it was excellent. Pop into yours they may have something on the notice board.

    • It’s a lovely way to be social too, you can chat or just listen as you concentrate on what you’re doing. I like the way it’s for a wide age range too. Yes, the wine is always an added bonus.