We’re over two months into quarantine and social distancing and it’s hard not to let it take a toll on your mental health. Whether you’re experiencing this crisis on the frontline, have seen a loss in income, or are merely missing life before the pandemic, there are a lot of reasons you might be feeling a bit off in terms of mental health. And guess what? You’re not alone!
Here at Bear Creek, we helping members of our community combat the impacts of this pandemic through crafting! We’re bringing people together over a common love for needle felting and utilizing the powers of the craft to spread positivity, productivity, and connection!
You might be wondering just how a craft like needle felting can do all of these things! Well, here are four ways the Bear Creek community is using this artform to improve mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond!
- Making Space for Mindfulness
Have some downtime? While it might be tempting to turn on the TV and zone out, it’s important to make space in your day for an intentional time of meditation, especially in a time of elevated stress. Picking up a craft, like needle felting, that requires a certain level of concentration and focus is an amazing way to give your brain a break from the chaos of day-to-day life and the stressors of the pandemic and focus on using your hands and mind in a positive way.
2. Learning Something New Is Great For Your Brain
Mortimer Adler once wrote, “The purpose of learning is growth, and our minds, unlike our bodies, can continue growing as long as we live.” With needle felting, there’s always room for the growth and development of new skills — and the good news is that learning something new has major benefits for the health of your brain!
Developing a new skill helps your brain develop more myelin, the white matter in your brain that assists in better performance on a variety of tasks and skills. As you learn and develop these skills, your brain continues to create more myelin, staving off the demyelination of your brain which is linked to dementia. Lastly, learning something new is actually basic to our psychological well being as humans! When we do so, we become happier people, build confidence, and combat unhealthy thought patterns!
3. Creating Our Own Natural Antidepressant
Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that our brain releases when we do something pleasurable. For anyone who loves needle felting there can be a release of dopamine whenever we’re using our hands to do our craft. In fact, the reward doesn’t end there! There can actually be a repeated release of dopamine each time you complete a project you’re satisfied with and see it displayed in your house — like one of our adorable needle felted creatures!
- Facilitating Social Connection
It’s no secret that most of the world is feeling a lot more cooped up than normal! With social distancing measures put in place, you’re probably longing for that social connection that you had before all of this started!
Here at Bear Creek, our needle felting community is unlike any other! Meet like-minded needle felters through our Needle Felting Academy — a membership community offering you access to a variety of video courses and the ability to chat with other members in the forums or Private Facebook group. As you improve your needle felting skills, you’ll be able to share photos of your projects and get the community’s feedback and encouragement along the way!
If you’re interested in joining, click here to check out our membership options! We’d love to have you!
Speaking of connecting! Be sure to connect with us on social media! If you’re looking to learn a new skill, level up your needle felting abilities, and join a fun community of needle felters, head on over on our EweTube channel where we post tips and tricks and exciting progress on the Nome Schoolhouse!
Thanks for reading! Did we miss something? Let us know in the comments below how needle felting has helped you combat the lows of COVID-19 and quarantine! We can’t wait to hear from you!
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