The benefits of crafting


Here at The Manse, we host craft classes for our residents weekly. Our craft classes offer a wide range of projects that are engaging, relaxing, and fun! 

As it turns out, many studies show that crafting can have a host of benefits, including lowering stress and anxiety and protecting the brain and keeping it strong and resistant to damage. 

In a recent CNN Article entitled, “This is Your Brain on Crafting,” writer Jaque Wilson states, “Crafting can help those who suffer from anxiety, depression or chronic pain, experts say. It may also ease stress, increase happiness and protect the brain from damage caused by aging.”

The article goes on to state, “…neuroscientists are beginning to see how studies on cognitive activities such as doing crossword puzzles might also apply to someone who does complex quilting patterns. Others are drawing connections between the mental health benefits of meditation and the zen reached while painting or sculpting.”

Crafting and artistic activities can take the focus off of the outside world’s stresses and woes and put you, “in the zone.” As a result of the stress reduction, health issues tied to stress and anxiety such as inflammation, and even chronic pain, can be relieved. 

Crafting has anti-depressant potential since it can stimulate the release of dopamine. A report by The British Journal of Occupational Therapy surveyed over 3,500 knitters and found that 81-percent of respondents with depression reported feeling happy after knitting, while 50-percent were “very happy.” The joy and accomplishment will continue when the finished craft is put on display and admired by others or given as a gift.

Arts and crafts can also help slow the brain’s aging mechanisms. An article published by Cognitive Therapeutics states, “ Arts and crafts may help protect the brain against aging-related cognitive decline, while also promoting happiness and stress reduction…”

The Journal of Neuropsychiatry published a study in 2011 stating that playing games, reading books, and crafting could potentially reduce the chances of developing mild cognitive impairment by 30-50-percent.

The Manse on Marsh

The Manse on Marsh offers arts and crafts classes, as well as a host of other stimulating and rewarding activities for our valued residents. 

We invite you to take a tour today at The Manse San Luis Obispo assisted living facility, take a tour, talk to our wonderful residents and staff and see if we are the right for your loved one. The Manse is located at 475 Marsh Street, in San Luis Obispo. Call us today at (805) 541-4222.