Society & Culture
Arts and crafts are more than distractions—they’re healthy, meaningful ways to deal with our disrupted daily lives, says U of A occupational therapist.
There’s a good reason people are buying out baking supplies in grocery stores and posting their freshly made bread, buns and desserts on social media as the COVID-19 pandemic wears on, according to an occupational therapist and associate professor at the University of Alberta.
“Engaging in an art or a craft is therapeutic; it’s a means to an end for people,” said Mary Forhan during a free presentation livestreamed to more than 100 viewers on May 13.
“Crafts historically have been viewed as a way to maintain self-esteem, build skills and distract from pathological thinking.”RELATED: Five-minute ‘sweat sessions’ can keep you active and healthy while working from home RELATED: Five tips to create a healthy workspace at home
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