Is crafting the new Meditating?
With all the stresses and worries of modern day living its no wonder we often look to alternative ways of assisting our switch off button.
And theres very many options to satisfy zen seekers these days of we quite a few of us love here at RAWR.
From gong baths and meditation, yoga to reiki. Theres more and more ways of switching off and chilling out popping up each and every month.
BUT theres one thats a little 'off brand' so to speak. One that we believe is accessible to all, without a hefty cost and that will bring additional life fulfilment to suit you and your life loves.
What the, you ask! But hear me out. As an avid lover of both meditation and craft for many years I can assure you there are similar pros to be gained.
Here are just a few...
Crafting is a Natural Anti Depressant.
Crafting and creating something from scratch with your hands can be very rewarding indeed.
Not only does it bring moments of calm to sit and focus as naturally required but it can ignite a passion for something new. Both induce the happy hormone Dopamine which your brain releases when you do something you enjoy. Many Scientists believe Dopamine is designed by Mother Nature to help us to repeat pleasurable things that help us survive as a species (such as sex and eating) Over the years our species has evolved so the brain can also release dopamine when doing other pleasurable things such as crafting, baking etc.
So crafting really can be as pleasurable to some as sex or chocolate (oooo errrr)
Crafting is a form of Meditation.
Getting lost for hours in an arty project, complicated repetitive knitting stitch or a colouring book can slow down the brain waves to a more meditative state. Scientists studying the effects of cognitive activities found that repetition activates the Parasympathetic Nervous System, which decreases the "fight or flight" response that our bodies create through stress.
Repetitive crafting activities are also something that can be accessed anywhere at anytime. so a bonus in the meditation stakes.
Protecting the brain from ageing
Dementia is a disease that affects millions and is on the rise. Scientists have studied many ways of slowing down and preventing the condition and have concluded that cognitive activities can slow down the onset of brain conditions. They have now turned their attentions to leisure activities and their effects on the brain and a 2011 study concluded that games, crafting and reading could lower your chances of developing cognitive impairment by up to 50%!
Crafting and its diversity uses many parts of the brain so a good all rounder for stimulating those cells!
So you're interested in getting your crochet on?
Where the hell do you start?
We have the perfect solution!
Once a month at RAWR Cafe Bar & Kitchen in Hanley in association with The Art Department we run a Stitch & Bitch Craft Group.
You dont have to be a seasoned pro, or even know what craft takes your fancy!
But its a great place to meet with others, chat, chill and share (or begin) your love of craft.
Above all its free and simply lovely, no need to book, just turn up!
Below are some recent photos of the last few, we hope to see you at a Stitch and Bitch soon for some Dopamine inducing, Stress relieving, Brain protecting fun!
Written by Gemma Bloor
Head Honcho at Rawr
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