Mindful Arts & Crafts

Arts and crafts are a wonderful way for children of all ages to center themselves. There is much research that shows that crafting can alleviate depression and lessen anxiety.

Here are five reasons why:

1. Focus

When children focus in to complete a craft, they stop thinking about their worries. Keeping the mind busy with crafting can also help negative obsessive thoughts to recede to the back of your mind, allowing children to feel more connected to life overall.

2. Crafting Fun = Happiness

Dopamine is a neurotransmitter produced in the brain that elevates mood, making children (and adults) feel happier. Scientists have discovered that engaging in a crafting project stimulates the production of dopamine in the brain. Dopamine is produced in a part of the brain known as the reward center.  The natural high felt when dopamine is produced serves as a reward for engaging in the enjoyable practice of crafting.

3. Larger World View

"When we are involved in (creativity), we feel that we are living more fully than during the rest of life," Psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi said during a TED talk in 2004. "You know that what you need to do is possible to do, even though difficult, and sense of time disappears. You forget yourself. You feel part of something larger."

4. Sense of Accomplishment

When a child finishes a project that they have never done before, they feel a sense of pride. This boosts confidence and gives children room to try new things without the fear of judgement. In turn, these experiences allow them to fully be themselves and feel accomplished and accepted.

5. Resilience

Often, when first trying a craft, some may get frustrated when things don't turn out how they envisioned. However, Kids Mindful Movement focuses on the importance of seeing the beauty of the "oops," and allowing the art to speak for itself, with all of it's imperfections. By embracing the "oops,"children become more resilient and self-assured.