Did you know that scrapbooking has many health benefits? Yes, scrapbooking is not just about the pretty papers, gorgeous embellishments and awesome photos. We may not be aware of the health benefits we get when doing scraps, but we reap many mental benefits from it.
Scrapbooking is a common pastime that benefits many, especially women and kids. It is so much fun and easy to do that you can create scraps and preserve memories in just 5 minutes! The purpose of scrapbooking is to preserve memories while exercising one's creativity. But aside from this, it is known to be a hobby that improves a person’s health.
Here are the Top 8 Health Benefits
1. It helps you to relax
Because scrapbooking is proven to reduce anxiety and lower stress level, it helps you to relax your mind and body. If you are feeling anxious about your study, work, or family, just take a break and grab your scrapbooking supplies. Take a note that you don't need to worry about taking your scrapbooking supplies with you all the time because you can save your digital scrapbooking supplies in your phone or tablet when you do digital memory planning or use the Project Life App.
Also, spending time with your family, there’s no better way to get relaxed than by being surrounded by your loved ones. If you’re looking for a way to bond with the people in your life and get to know them better, then looking back at memorable experiences you spent together sounds relaxing, doesn't it?
2. It improves your Memory
Another health benefit is that it gives your brain a workout, definitely, it will improve your memory. Something to think about instead of just silently staring at a screen all day and doing nothing. You’ve probably thought of trying to give your brain a workout as you remember details and relief those memories that are associated with a certain photo, like naming all your classmates on your high school class picture. That alone will give an extra boost to your brain neurons.
Scrapbooking is a way of giving your brain some work to do while having fun and designing your life into memorable pieces.
3. Scrapbooking increases Self-Esteem and Sense of Accomplishment
Self-esteem comes side by side with a sense of accomplishment. Even a simple scrapbook accomplishment can surely boost your self-esteem. But that's only an example of accomplishment. What is essential is that while you are putting together your photos or memorabilia in your scrapbook, it will remind you of your achievements through the years. Recognition cards, prizes, awards, and many more are usually used to decorate scrapbooks, so while you are adding them, they will definitely increase your self-esteem and sense of accomplishment.
4. It is a form of Meditation
As you concentrate on your scrapbooking, your mind focuses and gets busy on it while you think of what layouts or papers to use, what elements you will need to decorate your scraps, how to cut your templates and many more creative tasks that will distract your mind, making you forget (for a little while) your everyday demands and worries in life.
5. It helps you communicate your Feelings
There is a story behind every scrap. Each photo and element you use for your scraps has a meaning. This is the perfect way to communicate your feelings if you can't express them in words.
For example, patients with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease manage to express themselves using scrapbooks and help health professionals in understanding their patients.
6. It is a perfect Social Mechanism
Scrapbooking is an activity that you can do alone or with a company - it's entirely up to you. If you want to have your "me time", you can lock yourself in your room and do some scraps until you feel refreshed and ready to come out and face other people.
If you choose to enjoy doing scraps with your family and friends, you can do that also. Just prepare your materials, be it traditional or digital scrapbooking, you can enjoy it with your loved ones.
7. It comforts you
When you do scrapbooks, you usually use photographs. Photos from the past that help you reminisce about the pleasant times about your life together with someone who just passed away - those photos comfort you.
Also, If you’re feeling down, then scrapbooking those memories will remind yourself that hey, you get over those times.! There’s no use trying to deny that what’s been done has been done and there’s nothing you can do about it, so why not look back at those memories and think “Hey, I got through those times.”
Bonus: It makes your Heart happy
There is no doubt that this is the top health benefit you get from scrapbooking. As you can see, there are many health benefits you can get when you scrap. The level of happiness is immeasurable especially when you do it together with your friends and family.
Scrapbooking is a popular hobby for both kids and adults. Maybe you don't notice the other beneficial effects to your health immediately but your satisfaction is hard to deny especially when you see your outputs.
And the best thing about it is that you don’t have to stock up on papers and other scrapbooking supplies that take a huge space in your home because you can scrapbook with no more than your computer, a few digital scrapbooking files on it and your printer. You basically print whatever you need and whenever you want to train your brain with memories!
Do you like the Mini Book?
I had to create this for our new arrived kitten. When I started scrapping him he was just eight weeks old. Now, a few months later, it's already nice to read about these stories. How about in a few years?
If you have a little guy whose story you want to preserve check out the class with all the material you need!
PS: There is a freebie on the bottom of the page 😀