- Crafting can increase happiness and reduce anxiety.
- Handicrafts help people connect with tradition and with other people, which in turn helps combat loneliness.
- Dawn has seen the cognitive benefits crafting brought to her daughter who has learning disabilities, including spacial awareness and problem solving skills.
- The Craft Room Podcast is not only about craft hints and tips, but also why we craft. The benefits of crafting are more than a cozy blanket or pretty framed embroidery. The why is probably even more important than the how.
Picking up an old craft or learning a new craft is a great way to keep your hands and mind active. During times of stress, crafts can be soothing and meditative or help distract us from fixating on negatives and prevent our minds wandering to dark places.
During times of crisis, when we wish there was something we could do to help, crafting offers some practical ways to support individuals, organisations and the community. Dawn talks about five practical ways to help others when times are tough on her podcast (episode 22).
Crafting is not only a great way to help your own mental health, but there are ways you can help others, which is a boost to their mental health. Finishing a craft project offers a real sense of accomplishment, but so does teaching your favourite craft to someone else, donating a handmade item to a great charity or gifting supplies you no longer need to a fellow crafter who is doing it tough.
Craft is affordable, achievable and accessible. It doesn’t have to be overly expensive to get creative, there are free tutorials online for pretty much every craft beginner, and supplies are readily available online. Craft kits make a great gift for someone you know who is struggling with their mental health, and you can craft together via Zoom while chatting and feeling connected to family and friends.
If you you would like to interview Dawn Lewis please call 0421 321 449 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Dawn Lewis is a podcaster, Professional Crafter and former TV Show Host. Her online business, Dawn Lewis Imagery, sells craft supplies, and she works from her home studio on the NSW Central Coast. As part of her business, Dawn produces videos for YouTube, TikTok and Instagram, showcasing fun craft techniques and products. She also does occasional voice over work.