During these weird and unprecedented times, it is not unusual to find yourself feeling more anxious, withdrawn, or sad than usual. Being physically distanced from those we love and taken out of our regular routines can definitely make us feel less like our regular badass self. Crafting activities, such as beading, can help those who suffer from anxiety, depression or chronic pain, experts say. It may also ease stress, and increase happiness.
Superstar, meet the DIY Bead Kit. DIY Bead Kit, meet the superstar. You're not wrong to think this bead kit is just a bunch of colorful beads in a container, because it kind of is. BUT, what you can't see is the amazing therapeutic benefits that also come with it.
EFFECTS SIMILAR TO MEDITATION
When we’re beading, we find that we can lose ourselves for hours when we’re making a pattern. This is called ‘flow’: a few moments in time when you are so completely absorbed by an activity that nothing else seems to matter. Experts say that when we are involved in creative activities, we feel that we are living more fully than during the rest of life. Our sense of time disappears, and we feel like we are part of something larger. What's better than the nonexistence of time when it feels like it has all but stopped these days?
The effects of flow are similar to those of meditation – science has shown that meditation can, among other things, reduce stress and fight inflammation. Experts also say that individuals could use crafting activities to elicit flow, which can be used as a non-pharmaceutical way to regulate strong emotions like anger and potentially help to dampen internal chaos.
Beading with the DIY Bead Kit can also be a natural anti-depressant. The reward center in your brain releases a neuro-chemical called dopamine when you do something pleasurable. Scientists believe that dopamine was originally designed to make us repeat activities that would help the species survive, like eating. However, we’ve evolved so that the brain is also capable of releasing dopamine while we’re participating in creative activities such as beading or decorating a cake. This feeling of reward goes far beyond just creating.
Seeing the finished product on your wrist, or receiving praise, can offer repeated hits of that feel-good chemical. Beading also improves our self-efficacy, or how we feel about performing particular tasks. Psychologists believe a strong sense of self-efficacy is key to how we approach new challenges and overcome disappointments in life. So realizing you can, in fact, finish that bracelet can help you tackle anything else that comes your way.
WHAT'S THE POINT?
Here's the point. The DIY Bead Kit is so much more than just a bunch of crafting materials. It was created with your mental well being in mind (no pun intended).
We guarantee that after just a few minutes of beginning to envision and construct your new creation, you will feel a sense of calm. Not to mention, you get to choose your own colors and any one word with enough supplies to create two bracelets. Why craft your thoughts when you can craft a bracelet or two?