6 good reasons to do manual work!
In recent years, the craze for DIY continues to grow. From knitting to calligraphy to sewing, ceramics, cooking or the creation of homemade cosmetics, all means are good to put your hands and creativity into action, and the handymen have become in record time the stars of the blogosphere and Instagram. But be aware that beyond trends, manual work is much more than just a hobby, and a great way to relax and improve your mood every day. Here are at least 6 good reasons to practice DIY activity with diligence (and with a smile!)
Doing something with your own hands is believing yourself
Getting into a manual activity is a little bit about yourself. It’s starting from nothing, progressing little by little and discovering abilities that we did not know existed until then. Often and provided you embark on projects of a suitable difficulty, one realizes that with a little perseverance no goal is unattainable. We can then face more and more ambitious projects and we realize that we are not so clumsy, lazy or impatient as we thought at the beginning. This progression and the discovery of new talents boosts self-esteem and makes people proud of their work.
The DIY allows you to express yourself
Not everyone is able to put words on their emotions. DIY is a roundabout way of telling oneself, to choose a field of expression where to give free rein to one’s feelings and feelings. Are you in a happy mood? Make yourself a flower pillow to put on your couch! You want to tell someone that you love him? Make something for him! Do you feel it’s time to take care of yourself? Treat yourself to a comfort food dish or a scented body cream that you love! To create is also to bring out facets of his personality that are not necessarily revealed on a daily basis. It is accepting to be unique and to cultivate one’s differences in a positive way.
Creating is taking care of yourself
DIY projects have a positive effect on our mood because they enhance our interior or our wardrobe. They also recall the crafts of our childhood and reconnect us to the simple pleasure of making pom-poms or paper garlands. They give importance not only to the final creation, but also to the pleasure taken during its realization.
To indulge in DIY is also to slow down. At a time when social pressure requires us to work, entertain, cultivate, play sports, etc., manual work forces us to ask ourselves and accept that a project takes time and asks for patience to be well executed.
Manual activities make people happy
DIY helps fight stress: very serious studies show that manual activities reduce stress levels and improve overall mood. Focusing on manual labor gradually decreases heart rate and anxiety, and frees up tensions accumulated during the day or week. By concentrating on a book, be it embroidery, pottery or calligraphy, one relaxes, one forgets one’s worries and plunges into a state whose benefits are close to those of meditation.
Some researchers in psychiatry even claim that manual work calms depression. According to Barry L Jacobs, a neuroscientist at Princeton University, knitting would, by its repetitive nature, increase the amount of serotonin in the nervous system and regulate the mood of depressed individuals. />
Tinkering is disconnecting!
In the era when we spend more and more time in front of screens, at work and in our leisure time, DIY forces us to disconnect to live fully present moment. Manuality, placing us in time and space in a conscious way, brings us closer to the real world and helps us to reach a level of mindfulness, far from the automatisms of everyday life.
The philosophy doctor Pascal Chabot who studied the phenomenon of burn-out says: “One of the main sources of contemporary discomfort is probably an excess of abstraction”. In this perspective, DIY frees us from this abstraction by allowing us to transform our thoughts and ideas into actions, into objects. This relation to matter, to the process of elaboration or transformation through manual activity, reconciles us with the tangible world and tasks where meaning is obvious.
Manual activities, it’s good for seniors too
DIY, simple hobby of grannies? Not so sure ! If more and more young people are seduced by the fact-house, the older people have every interest in practicing also a manual activity that pleases them. This would help, by stimulating neuronal connections, reduce age-related memory loss and improve the health of patients with dementia and Alzheimer’s. And of course, the sooner you start, the less likely you are to be affected by brain damage! Good news for DIY enthusiasts who, without necessarily realizing it, are good for their mood and their minds. In the same way, some gentle activities like knitting preserve preserve from the appearance of arthritis in the hands.
In conclusion, DIY has it all!