The author explained that when you make something, your brain releases dopamine, a chemical that makes you feel happy and energetic. So if you're feeling stressed or worn out, you can boost your mood by simply doing something creative -- doodling on paper, writing a haiku, trying a new recipe. Or playing with paper and glue.
I've known this for years -- whenever I need to relieve stress, I head straight for my craft room -- but it was validating to read the science behind it.
Sometimes I feel a little guilty for isolating myself in a room while my kids are playing Barbies or doing cartwheels in the living room. But I think it's all about balance. I spend a healthy amount of time with my kids, taking them on "adventures," teaching them to ask questions, encouraging them to do the things they love. When I head to my "room," that's my time to revive my energy and restore my sense of peace. And I'm a better mom for it.
A few things I've been creating lately...
I created the lacy effect by punching designs into white cardstock and allowing the negative space to show through the clear bubble cap. I love how the texture of the denim paper comes through.
And this is a very old photo, but one I've somehow never scrapped.
I loved the whimsical feel of the paper and wanted to incorporate a few of the graphic elements as charms.
Hope your week is off to a great start and that you're finding plenty of ways to express your creativity.