People are more stressed than ever these days, and they are turning to yoga, massage therapy and meditation for relief.

Did you know crafting also might help?

Research suggests taking part in arts and crafts activities can reduce stress and make you feel happier. The rhythmic working of knitting needles or a crochet hook can put you in a relaxed state, one with benefits similar to those associated with meditation, like lowering the heart rate and blood pressure.

Crafting also is mentally stimulating. Experts believe many parts of the brain are engaged during craft activities – exercising your attention span and memory function, perhaps even warding off cognitive decline and dementia.

March is National Craft Month. Why not celebrate it by attending one of the library's DIY workshops and experiencing the benefits of crafting firsthand? A number of programs are planned as part of the library's Make It series.

This spring, two intermediate-level crochet programs are scheduled from 2 to 4 p.m. at Old Worthington Library, 820 High St. Those attending should bring a hook and yarn.

On March 17, learn how to add fancy crochet edges to just about any project, from knit blankets and kitchen towels to the hem of a favorite skirt during "Crochet Edge to Edge."

The April 7 workshop, "Hooked on Spring Flowers," will teach participants how to create yarn flowers to brighten hats, sweaters and coats.

Other upcoming Make It sessions include "Button Crafts" on March 23 and "Mini Shadowbox Magnets" on May 25.

For program specifics, go to worthingtonlibraries.org/calendar/diy-and-crafts.

You can also feed your maker mentality with library resources, such as Creativebug and the Hobbies and Crafts Reference Center. The former offers online video classes and tutorials on knitting, quilting, crochet and jewelry making, and you'll find a variety of DIY projects to try with the latter.

Get started at worthingtonlibraries.org/explore/databases.

Hillary Kline is a communications specialist for Worthington Libraries.