In honor of National Scrapbooking Month, here’s a rerun of one of our favorite scrapbooking blog posts. Enjoy!
It’s common knowledge that vegetables and exercise are the king and queen of the health world. Other prominent, but more exotic, members include chia seeds, acai berries, coconut oil, and yoga. Honestly, we could go on and on about this sort of stuff, but we’re not here to tell you what you already know.
Today we’re here to open your mind to the wondrous health benefits of . . . drumroll . . . scrapbooking! Although it might sound funny and maybe even counterintuitive to those hardcore scrapbooking addicts out there, scrapbooking is, in fact, good for your health.
Here are five reasons why:
1. It will lower your stress levels. Controlling paper and ink is a whole lot easier than navigating relationships with the in-laws. When you feel your blood pressure rising, take a deep breath and settle into your creative process. You’ll find that the stress will leave your body. In fact, engaging in any creative hobby is proven to reduce anxiety. So if anyone ever doubts your coping methods, you’ve got science on your side.
2. It’s a form of meditation. When you sit down to work on creating a scrapbook page, your ever-racing mind is forced to concentrate on the here and now. How will you fit these photos onto one layout? What color of ink would work best with this stamp? How wide should you cut that strip of paper? These are the questions that will distract your mind, giving you welcome reprieve from the everyday demands and worries of life.
3. It will give your brain a workout. Reliving memories and trying to remember details, like how old your son was during that trip to Hawaii or the name of that mysterious relative, is hard work for your brain. But every time you exercise those rusty synapses, you’ll help keep your mind sharp and your memories even sharper.
4. It’s an excellent social mechanism. The wonder of scrapbooking is that it can be done together or alone—it’s entirely up to you. If you’re in desperate need of solitude, give yourself a little “scrapcation,” and lock yourself in your craft room for a few hours. You’ll emerge refreshed and ready to rejoin the ranks of society. On the flip side, if you’re in need of some human interaction, gather up your friends and scrapbook a few memories together. Introverted or extroverted, scrapbooking is what you need.
5. It will keep your heart happy. This is probably the most important benefit of all. Scrapbooking is so much more than paper, ink, and photos. With each memory you preserve on a page, you’re celebrating a relationship. Whether it’s the people you’re scrapbooking with or the people whose faces are in your photos, there’s no denying that scrapbooking brings families and friends closer together. Not only will your level of happiness go through the roof, but you will also inspire generations to come to preserve and share the moments that matter most.
*Please keep in mind that these statements have not been evaluated by a medical professional and should not be treated as such. They should, however, encourage increased hours of guilt-free scrapbooking. 🙂
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