Here’s Why You Should DIY…
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When all is said and done, everyone wants to live in a home that they find personally fulfilling, comfortable, and uplifting – the kind of place that you look forward to returning to after a long tiring day at work, or at the end of a busy week. Ultimately, though, there are all sorts of different issues that might develop around the home and that may end becoming a source of stress in and of themselves, and that can end up significantly interfering with your ability to enjoy your home to the extent you would like.
Fortunately, there are avenues available, such as a good home warranty, that could help you to mitigate some of these issues, but one path that many people are increasingly becoming interested in exploring, is getting involved in DIY – not only as a means of helping to directly deal with leaking faucets and other such issues, but also as a way of creating new things, and engaging in an active and fun pastime as well.
If you’ve been thinking about getting more involved in DIY projects, here are some some of the benefits of embarking on home DIY projects:
The Satisfaction of a Job Well Done
One of the great benefits of engaging in home DIY projects on a regular basis, is the simple satisfaction of a job well done – and the uplifting and positive sense of pride that comes with knowing that you have successfully created something, or repaired something, with your own hands.
In recent times, it seems to be the case that many people are dealing with chronic issues with their self-confidence, in addition to heightened anxiety. Certain social commentators have suggested that at least part of the issue is that, increasingly, we tend to live more passive lives where we don’t necessarily get positive feedback, on a regular basis, from small achievements.
At the end of the day, it just feels good to see a DIY project through to the end, and to cross off a particular item from your to do list. There’s also something visceral about completing a DIY project that is immediately satisfying rather than many of the other things that you might choose to do with your time.
A Heightened Sense of Autonomy
Getting into DIY – and for that matter, arts and crafts – is just one direct and meaningful avenue that you can explore for helping to develop a heightened sense of autonomy, and to become more capable at dealing with common issues that might arise over the course of everyday life. If you can successfully enhance your sense of autonomy, not only does it mean that you will tend to be significantly less dependent on external sources for dealing with any number of different potential issues that might arise, but it also means that you will likely experience a significantly higher degree of confidence and well-being at the same time.
More of the Personal Touch Around the Home
When you think about the kinds of things that make a house or apartment truly feel like a “home” rather than just a place to sleep, what comes to mind? In all likelihood, your idea of a living space includes comfortable features, and ornaments and items of furniture that have a bit of unique individual character, as opposed to a home that’s simply been filled up with flatpack furniture straight out of a catalogue.
When the original arts and crafts boom was happening some time ago, it was largely in response to the fact that more and more people were feeling as though they were surrounded by products, goods, and lifestyles that were being sold from straight off of one production line or another. Today, taking more of a direct hand in shaping and customizing your home environment can still be an invaluable way of effectively turning it into a cozy and uplifting place to be.
Taking up home DIY projects – especially when it comes to the more “arts and crafts” side of things – can really help you to add a bit more of the personal touch to your own home, and to turn it into the kind of place that feels like it’s authentically yours, as opposed to simply feeling like a hotel room or something similar.
An Excuse for a Form of “Active Meditation”
One of the interesting points that was made in the iconic book “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance,” is that engaging in a task like repairing a motorcycle can, in and of itself, become a form of meditation – even if such a mechanical task usually seems far removed from what we did think of as “spiritual practices.” DIY projects can be a very effective way of getting you out of your own head and giving you a bit of distance from your own revelations and repetitive thoughts. It can also givie you something external to focus your time and energy on and engage with in a direct and physical manner.
A Hobby and Pastime That Gets You Away From Electronic Devices
Engaging in home DIY projects gives you a great excuse to get away from electronic devices and to re-engage directly with the physical world around you. Many of us spend a huge amount of our everyday lives in front of screens between work and leisure activities, so anything that can help to add a bit more balance to your life may prove very helpful, and could likely be very welcome. As recent documentaries like “The Social Dilemma” have pointed out, a lot of digital platforms are explicitly trying to capture and manipulate the attention of their users – but it’s much better for those users if their digital devices remain as tools, rather than becoming compulsions, thus, getting involved in DIY projects around the home can be a great distraction!
Do you have other reasons to engage in home DIY projects? Let us know in the comments below!