using origami to support mental & emotional well-being.
origami develops patience, attention, and focus. simply by doing, folders learn and practice these skills.
origami increases frustration tolerance. it provides the perfect moments to utilize your basic coping skills to manage your frustration when things don’t follow the instructions or plan.
origami builds memory. it's the perfect real life example of "practice makes progress," and if you do anything enough times, you'll begin to memorize it and get better at it.
origami also works both the right and left hemispheres of the brain through using both sides of the body at the same time and by using spatial and nonverbal skills (right brain) and sequential processing and analytical thinking (left brain).
origami encourages us to let go of judgement and the need for perfection. yes, origami has clearly defined steps and a folder needs to be as precise as possible for some parts to work, but there is room for variation, and things do not need to be perfect to work in the end.
origami can be done anywhere! once you have memorized a design, all you need is a square piece paper (sometimes you don't even need that). and if you don’t have a form memorized, you can find instructions with any smartphone, tablet, or computer.
origami builds self-efficacy! self-efficacy is the strength in one's belief in one's own ability to complete tasks and reach goals. and while this is not the same as self-confidence or self-esteem, as you build self-efficacy, you build your esteem and confidence.