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How to DIY Your Way to Improved Mental and Physical Health

Posted by  //  August 18, 2017  //  Articles

Research shows that participating in traditional arts and crafts hobbies naturally boosts your mood and improves your emotional state. We’ve put together a few ideas below to help you DIY your way to improved mental and physical health.

1. Join a Knitting Group

Knitting has made a comeback in a big way: by some reports, 33% of women ages 25-35 knit or crochet now. It is the repetitive action of doing needlework that puts people into a relaxed state much like meditation and yoga. Knitters give their minds a break because they focus on the task at hand rather than the things that worry them throughout the day. Once you get the hang of knitting, you lower your heart rate, blood pressure, and harmful levels of cortisol, the stress hormone, and reduce stress.

Another health benefit of knitting is that it boosts self-esteem when you see your completed projects.

2. Make a Tabletop Meditation Fountain

Many people find that being near running water is soothing, but you can’t always head outdoors and find a stream or river. Making a tabletop meditation fountain is one DIY project that is challenging enough to keep your mind focused and relieve stress but simple enough for just about anyone to do. You’ll also reap the benefits of having produced a project in which you can take pride and continue to find peace by watching the water and listening to its sounds. Water fountains provide stress relief and act as a natural humidifier to improve your indoor environment.

3. Install Shelves to Hold Your Creations

If you are up for the challenge of using power tools, you can pursue a woodworking hobby. Simple beginner projects such as installing DIY shelves is a great way to ease into DIY home improvement projects and start a hobby that will bring you a sense of pride and accomplishment, update your home, and provide you with a space to hold your other arts and crafts projects. You will keep your brain active by designing woodworking projects, and you will improve your mental health by focusing on the project at hand rather than the things that trouble you.

Of course, any DIY hobby project requires the use of some special equipment, and you should take steps to ensure your health and safety while completing the projects.

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