I have always told my husband that I have to create because it helps me relax. I know other crafters say the same thing and now I discovered there is some truth in this.
I stumbled upon an article published on CNN in January 2015 that talks about the health benefits of crafting. Really, HEALTH benefits! No more justifying your crafty time, it’s good for you.
The article says that crafting offers you similar effects to meditation. You become absorbed in a project and it temporarily suspends all other thoughts. You go with the flow of the craft allowing yourself to shut out other thoughts.
It’s a natural anti-depressant. When we are engaged in activities we enjoy (like stamping and coloring), the reward center in the brain releases a neurotransmitter called dopamine. Dopamine is a natural anti-depressant. Now you know why you feel so good when you’re crafting!
The article also stated that it MAY help with the aging process. Stimulating activities can help prevent cerebral atrophy and significantly delay dementia. When crafting, you use different areas of your brain, you work on your memory and attention span, you open up your creative side and problem-solving abilities (like how to get that ink stain out of your sweater).
I’m not sure if this will help you convince your significant other that you really NEED those new stamping tools to benefit your ‘mental craft workouts’, but it’s worth a try!