As some of you will know, I have another job where I offer personal support to those with a range of special needs. One of those girls took quite a time to trust me enough to come out with me without her mum, but bit by bit we've been building up that trust. Although I can't go to the house, when we've been out, we've spent a bit of time sat in the car sewing.
Back at the end of last year, I took her to Hobbycraft and let her choose a couple of kits she would like to try. Both were felt doll kits and I let her choose which would be the first one. Gradually, she's been making progress and each time, there is more she can do for herself. The most special thing for me is, each time we've worked on the doll, she's been totally relaxed. It's not something we get to see very often so it's a very special time. As you can see, the body is complete and we're now working on the clothes.
2. Helps Alleviate Depression & Anxiety-While we are concentrating on creating something, our brain is getting a dose of dopamine, the chemical in our brain that helps us to feel calm and helps to relax us. When we live in such a busy world, taking the time out to slow down and create, is good for our general well being.
3 Boosts Self Esteem-When we have finished creating something, it's a real boost to our self esteem, especially as we consider the skills needed to go from the start of a project right through to the conclusion. Learning new skills and putting them into practice and seeing the results is a great way to make us feel better about ourselves.
4 Rewarding-Who doesn't get a thrill when they make something for themselves and for their loved ones. Making things for others is a great way to make us feel happy and don't we all feel a warm glow of pride when these things are admired?
What benefits from crafting and being creative have you found? I'd love to hear them.
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