March 21, 2024

DIY & Mental Health

I have learned many things in my years of DIY-ing, but by far the most important is the impact it has had on my mental health. There are so many similarities between a house project and life: ups and downs, learning to ask for help, and finding out there is not always one right answer. It’s a lot of making educated guesses but ultimately, trusting your gut and going after what you want.

I’m by no means saying that gutting your kitchen or painting your hallway will magically cure you, but I am saying, it might make you feel a little bit better. Here is how I have noticed DIY positively impacting my mental health over the years:

Overcoming an Obstacle

Sometimes all you need to feel a little bit better from time to time is a confidence boost. It can be such an incredible feeling when you come up with a perfect solution to that one tricky area of your home. As Glennon Doyle would say, “You can do hard things.” 

A before and after of a small closet converted into a cobalt blue study area with a desk and scalloped shelves

Expressing Yourself

Similarly, as painters paint, writers write, and musicians play, processing your feelings through “creative labor” is a great way to express yourself. There is a flow to DIY-ing and once you get going, you can really get lost in it. I know I do! It is also such a mood booster to walk into a room and think “I did that”. 

Two women sit in a neutral-colored room while hugging each other and smiling

Moving Your Body

If you’re not feeling your best, sometimes the hardest thing you can do is move your body. Luckily, a strong incentive (like finishing a project) can help get the ball rolling. There are countless benefits of physical movement and it doesn’t mean you have to head to the gym to get them!

I have learned over the years that I feel my best when I’m creating something. It gives me all the feels: creative, empowered, and peaceful (through the chaos). For the sake of transparency, I should warn you, it’s not all rainbows and butterflies. If you are struggling mentally, creating a mess in your home can be extra overwhelming. I always say that your home should be your safe space, so please check in with yourself before jumping into anything big. Maybe, that’s when you opt for a smaller project, like some DIY Foral Fiber Art or a cute wooden vase.

If you have any questions or feel like you need a buddy through your DIY Mental Check-In, my comment section is always open. 

A woman stands in a neutral-colored office space with shelves built on the walls

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