A few months ago, someone left a comment on one of my YouTube videos about how crafts can help people work through depression. I thought it was an odd comment but it made me think about how arts and crafts might help people get through the hard times. It is a proven fact, that moderately busy people are happy people. Having something to do in your spare time can really help. Making crafts or showing others how to do crafts can help a depressed person add sunshine to his or her day.
Scrap booking is an excellent way to help with depression. Make a scrapbook of happy and cheerful things. Use bright colors like yellow, light blue, celery green, pink, and lilac. Let the colors lift your spirits. Add pictures of family members and friends who bring joy to your life. You could include pictures of an event where you had a good time. Pictures of weddings, family vacations, and holiday celebrations are wonderful to use for an uplifting scrapbook. Imagine a blue, water themed scrapbook filled with pictures of your cruise vacation that you took last year. Include some cruise ship embellishments. This would also be a great place to store brochures or ticket stubs. When you’re feeling blue, you could look through your scrapbook and remember the good times you had in the past.
I have also found that sharing my crafts with others has added to my happiness. Start a channel on YouTube and upload videos about your crafts. A standard web cam is sufficient enough to get started. To enhance your videos, start a blog. You can get a craft blog going in no time. They are free at blogger.com and WordPress.com. Add pictures of your crafts to your blog. Upload some videos about creative crafts, kids crafts, easy crafts, summer crafts, and Sunday School crafts. Valentine’s Day, Christmas, and Mother’s Day are also excellent topics for craft videos. However, I would wait until right around that specific holiday to upload the video. You will get more views because everyone will be looking for ideas at that particular time.
You can also join some craft networks like Lil Scrap of Heaven and Scraps of Color. Once you set up your YouTube channel and your blog, someone will probably invite you to join one of these networks. This is where the real fun begins because of the swaps and contests. You’ll also get inside information on new products and crafting techniques. Craft networks are excellent for providing an artist exposure for his or her work.
Later on, you may want to specialize in a particular field of interest like papercrafting, recycled crafts, crocheted crafts, or mixed media. Eventually, you will have a lot of craft friends. You will not feel anymore depressed because you will be so busy with all the swaps and contests. A busy person is a happy person. This will lift your depression and you won’t have time for sadness. There is a large handmade craft community waiting to welcome you with open arms.