Arts And Crafts Activities: Key Facts You Need To Know

Entertainment and fun are believed to be medicine for mental health. So engaging in arts and crafts not only relieves depression and anxiety and but also allows you to express yourself. Channelling your inner artist and finding joy through creative activities can bring a variety of health and therapeutic benefits. Participating in fun and uplifting recreational activities can make a huge difference to your mental wellbeing and self-esteem.

At Fairview our patients have a variety of recreational activities to choose from. Our staff encourage patients to socialize, have a giggle, and relax while doing arts and crafts.

Arts and Crafts Are Medicine For Mental Health

Our mental health is just as important as our physical health, a fact that can often be overlooked. Doing arts and crafts has been proven to work wonders for our mental and emotional wellbeing. Getting in touch with your creative side and expressing yourself through art can give you a new lease of life.

Artistic activities can also be done in a social setting, making you feel more connected to those around you. Doing art together can result in warm conversation, light-hearted jokes, smiles, and laughter, all of which boost your mental health. The creative arts are a kind of medicine, connecting you to others and making you feel more energetic, and happier.

Elderly women taking part in arts and crafts activities arranged at Fairview Rehab

Arts and Crafts Deliver Brain Boosting Effect

Taking part in arts and crafts activities can stimulate your brain and has positive psychological effects. Artistic pursuits help strengthen cognitive function and slow down memory loss, which sadly affects many older people.

Handicraft activities such as basketry or knitting require focus and attention to detail. This also has benefits for your coordination and motor skills. For those who have difficulty communicating verbally, art can provide a new form of expression and communication.

Keeping the brain engaged has been linked to improved life satisfaction, a positive outlook, and a greater zest for life.

They Also Relieve Stress

Arts and crafts play an important role in relieving stress and making you feel calm, composed and relaxed. As you make new artistic creations, your brain is occupied and any stress or negative thoughts can melt away. For example, textile crafts such as embroidery or sewing require focused attention and help take your mind off any worries. The repetition involved also has a therapeutic, calming effect.

Arts and crafts are the perfect distraction for the everyday stresses and strains of life. Live music, singing, painting, drawing, making collages, and using textiles are great stress-busting recreational activities. If done in a relaxed and convivial setting in the company of others so much the better!

Do contact us for more information about our services and therapy programs. We offer both outpatient and inpatient rehabilitation therapy in Queens NY. We accept most insurance plans and are here to answer any questions you may have.