Writer, Amy DuFault of EcoSalon wrote a series called, Using Your Hands To Soothe Your Brain. The series highlights the “simple mental health value of keeping their hands moving chemical changes can in fact occur in the brain to alleviate mood maladies and in some cases, mental illness like depression.”
Those of us who craft and cook know this to be inherently true. DuFault supports this premise when she cites neuroscientist Kelly Lambert, author of Lifting Depression:
“Lambert shows how when you knit a sweater or plant a garden, when you prepare a meal or simply repair a lamp, you are bathing your brain in feel-good chemicals and creating a kind of mental vitamin. Our grandparents and great grandparents, who had to work hard for basic resources, developed more resilience against depression; even those who suffered great hardships had much lower rates of this mood disorder. But with today’s overly-mechanized lifestyle we have forgotten that our brains crave the well-being that comes from meaningful effort.”
The holiday’s are the perfect time slow down and acknowledge the great value of creating gifts. Not only can we enjoy the deeply satisfying relationship of giving a handmade gift, we can also reap the benefits and soothe our brains.
5 DIY Food Gifts
5 DIY Craft Gifts
Please share some of your favorite DIY food and craft gift ideas.