World Mental Day is set for October 10. Issues to do with mental health are fast gaining momentum in the US. Although there are several ways of coping, sewing is often an effective technique but which many people don’t know about. Here are six ways in which sewing benefits your mental health.
Helps with depression symptoms
Although depression is brought about by several factors, scientists believe that one of the leading causes is inadequate serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine. Completing a project of craft or just being creative is thought to release dopamine and also enhance wellbeing.
Often, with crafting, there are many stages of a project. Successfully completing each phase gives an individual a sense of mastery and satisfaction. Low self-esteem is one of the main hallmarks of depression and creating an avenue to build confidence and a sense of self-confidence.
Reduced Risk of Cognitive Disorders
Sewing or quilting machine is linked to reduced risk of cognitive disorders. In fact, according to the Journal of Neuropsychiatry, it can reduce it by even 50%.
Sewing makes your brain to use several areas for coordinating your actions, for instance, the visual-processing areas. Due to this, you will be able to prolong your mental health, even by the time you grow older.
Improved Quality of Life
A sewing machine is also an effective coping strategy due to the fact that it removes you from a situation and helps you relax. Sewing also helps you stay away from a problem, and after you are done with it, you can approach the problem later and with much clarity.
Sewing brings people together through crafting gifts and is often a wonderful activity for bringing people together.
A tool to engage in something
Negative thinking is a leading symptom of depression. For certain people, it feels difficult to replace deeply rooted bad thoughts with uplifting ideas. Sewing can be a great tool to engage in a positive thing and interrupt the series of negative thoughts. This can serve as a way to allow space for healing idea, like gratitude and optimism.