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HIP AT LAST? CRAFTS ARE LATEST, GREATEST STRESS-BUSTERS


Dateline: October 19, 2005 ... Fairfield, CT
Contact Name: Nancy Monson
Contact Phone: 203-556-8698
E-mail: nancymonson@earthlink.net
Web address: http://www.nancymonson.com


FAIRFIELD, CT - October 19, 2005 - Stress is ubiquitous today; how
people deal with it makes the difference between whether they feel
well mentally and physically and whether they feel badly. For millions
of Americans, taking up a craft such as knitting, scrapbooking,
woodworking, or quilting is now the stress-buster of choice. Experts
are applauding the trend, according to the new self-help book "Craft to
Heal: Soothing Your Soul with Sewing, Painting, and Other Pastimes"
(Hats Off Publishing, 2005), which reviews for the first time how
crafts and hobbies are more than just fun, but also therapeutic. "The
image of crafts has changed too," says author Nancy Monson, "given the
wide range of celebrities who openly flaunt their crafts: from Julia
Roberts and Catherine Zeta-Jones who knit on-set, to Viggo Mortensen
and Jeff Bridges who take photographs, to Leeza Gibbons and Rosie
O'Donnell who scrapbook.

Crafting is a multibillion-dollar business in America, and over
three-quarters of American households have at least one family member who
spends an average of 7.5 hours weekly engaged in crafting or hobbies.
What's more, researchers are finding that pursuing a hobby can relieve
stress as much as meditation, deep breathing, and other relaxation
techniques. Repetitive and rhythmic crafts such as knitting and sewing may
even evoke what is known as the "relaxation response" — a feeling of bodily and
mental calm that's been scientifically proven to enhance health and reduce
the risk of heart disease, anxiety, and depression. Crafts may also help
stave off the effects of aging; research shows that older people who engage
in creative activities grow new dendrites (connections) in the brain that
keep it healthy.

Unfortunately, many people push creativity to the bottom of their "To Do"
list. "But now that research shows crafts are good for their health and
relationships," Monson notes, "people no longer need to view them as
self-indulgences."

"Craft to Heal" offers the latest research on the benefits of crafting, as
well as stories of crafters who have healed themselves by pursuing their
hobbies. And it shows readers how to harness the healing powers of crafts
by:

- Finding their craft "personality"
- Learning to love the creative process (rather than focusing
only on the product)
- Overcoming their fear of their "lack" of artistic talent
- Ditching comparisons of their work to that of others
- Appreciating where they are on the creativity trajectory
(and learning to be a beginner)

For more information or to arrange an interview, contact Nancy Monson at
203-556-8698 or via email at nancymonson@earthlink.net. "Craft to Heal" is
available at bookstores nationwide and online for .95.

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