March is National Craft Month. There is still time to roll up your sleeves to try your hand at a new handicraft or recover one that you have shelved (and, quite frankly, is a little dusty). This month retailers, craft guilds and crafting communities (both real and virtual) are sharing information and encouraging folks to try hobbies that require, equal parts, talent, artistry and skill.
Undertaking a hobby is more than just a time-killer; more than just playtime. Crafting offers a workout for your whole brain. The brain is separated into two cerebral hemispheres; the left and the right. The right side of the brain emphasizes aesthetics, emotions and imagination-things associated with creativity. The left side of the brain is connected to the analytical, logical and sequential. Many of us have a dominant side, yet to promote good brain health across our lifespan; it’s a good idea to exercise the entire brain. Engaging in stimulating hobbies gets us to operate on both channels.
Researchers from the Mayo Clinic have found that those people who regularly engaged in mentally stimulating activities during middle age reduced their likelihood of developing mild cognitive impairment in older age by 40 percent. Similarly, those who did these activities when they were 65 and over reduced their chances of mental decline by 30 to 50 percent.
Ed Zimney, MD, Crafts, Games and Books can Delay Memory Loss-Health and Medical News you can Use. http://www.everydayhealth.com/blog/zimney-health-and-medical-news-you-can-use/crafts-games-and-books-can-delay-memory-loss/
Crafting can be a stress buster. Click here to read about some of the healing powers of crafting.
This is the 14th year of the celebration of craft; created by the Craft & Hobby Association (CHA). CHA is an association of companies within the craft industry. Visit their website, Craft Place, to read a comprehensive list with links to information on workshops, how-to videos, supplies, shopping discounts and project ideas. Additionally, during the month of March, the craft book publisher, Interweave, is offering hundreds of FREE eBooks and videos on a wide range of crafts.
In a post where I confessed to a love for 99 cents stores (click here to read that post) , I shared a link to one of my favorite crafty/DIY websites. Here are a few more sites that inspire me and can get you motivated this month.
If you’ve recovered from the green beer of St. Patrick’s Day and can pull yourself away from the excitement of the March Madness; you can be on your way to a hobby that can enrich your life; and really, isn’t that what leisure time is all about?
- Move over Martha Stewart! Sewing/Crafting:30 day challenge (kimberlyja9.wordpress.com)