Christmas craft ideas

Christmas Craft Ideas To Benefit Your Mental Wellbeing

 

Christmas is, of course, one of the most wonderful times of year for millions of people around the world. This is the time when we get together with friends and family members to enjoy festivities and heart-warming traditions.

However, there’s no question that the pressures of long Christmas wish-lists and hungry guests can bring on some seasonal stresses too. As well as the pressures of presents and entertaining, Christmas also comes at a time of year when cold weather and lack of sunlight can cause low moods and even trigger depressive episodes.

A new study has shown that one way to improve mental wellbeing is to come up and get involved with arty Christmas craft ideas. Researchers found that those who took up creative hobbies, including baking, playing music and painting, felt happier and had higher levels of energy.

With Christmas fast approaching, this is the ideal time of year to take up a creative new pastime that excites you and keeps away the winter blues.

The study

This study was carried out by Otago University in New Zealand and focused on the traditional types of creativity which leave us feeling peaceful- perfect for Christmas time!

One of the most interesting results to come out of this study is that the mental health benefits of engaging with creative pastimes are not just temporary, they are long lasting. Dr Tamlin Connor, who led the report, found that the activities increased emotional well-being on a long-term basis.

Christmas Craft Ideas to Try This Season

There are a whole host of holiday-season crafts that will help you relax and maintain a peaceful mindset this Christmas. Here are just a few ideas you might enjoy doing alone or with family and friends:

Make Your Own Christmas Cards

Whether you’ve always fancied yourself as something of an artist, or you’ve never even put pencil to paper- you’ll find that taking the time to design and make your own Christmas cards will be a relaxing and worthwhile activity.

You’ll be surprised by how simple it is to make them with just some card, ribbon, glitter, paint and other art supplies. All of your friends and family members will appreciate having something unique and handmade on display in their house, and if you’re stuck for ideas- just take a look at the Christmas card section of your local gift shop.

Snowman Biscuits

With just some self-raising flour, sugar, butter, eggs, chocolate and coloured icing you can make a set of seasonal snacks that will delight any guests who pay you a visit over Christmas. Follow this incredibly easy recipe if you fancy impressing your friends with these adorable and delicious snowman biscuits.

Make Some Tree Decorations

From sparkly pine cones to fabric hearts, there really is no shortage of ornaments you can create at home if you feel like getting crafty this Christmas. Take a look at this list of ideas, which ranges from easy to elaborate. If you’ve got kids or grandkids, this is an especially wonderful way to spend some quality time with them doing something that you will all enjoy.

Candle Crafting

It doesn’t get much more Christmassy than a good candle. Whether you’re a brand-new beginner or already have experience, you can delight your guests and fill your home with a festive aroma with the candles you make. Pop down your local craft supplies shop and buy some wax, wicks, moulds and decorations and you can make some gorgeous candles to have around your home or even give out as gifts.

Bake a Christmas Cake

No food requires as much love and dedication to make as a classic Christmas cake. If you’d like to spread some yuletide cheer this year, while keeping your mind balanced and busy, then baking a Christmas cake is the ideal pastime for you. Plenty of families have their own Christmas cake recipes that have been passed down through the generations, so try speaking to an older relative or a friend. If not, there are thousands of recipe ideas floating around online and in cookbooks, so why not grab a spatula and start getting crafty in the kitchen?

All of these Christmas craft ideas can help you maintain peace of mind over the hectic holiday season. So try to take some time out from shopping, decorating and party planning to make time for yourself and enjoy a new hobby.

If, at any time, you become concerned that stress, anxiety or low moods are interfering with your daily life, it is essential to get the help you need. Make an appointment with your GP to talk about the potential triggers and ways you can better manage your wellbeing.