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by: Jade Piper, Guest Author
Have you ever tried on do-it-yourself projects, like making your jam from scratch instead of buying from the store, or doing simple interior design hacks to improve your health and wellness at home? No? Well, here’s something that might inspire you to get started if you haven’t yet. In this article, we talk about the many well-rounded benefits of adopting a “do-it-yourself’ lifestyle.
Let’s delve right in!
Knowing you can do something all by yourself empowers you and improves your self-esteem. It validates you as a strong, independent individual who can take on anything life throws. Even something as straightforward as staying on top of your daily house cleaning chores or cooking your food can work wonders for your self-confidence as an adult.
In a highly consumerist world where you can buy any product and purchase any service, saving money for rainy days can be challenging, especially when you’re a low-income earner. Taking a DIY approach to life can make a difference in how you value money because you open up to the possibilities of making or doing something yourself, which is almost always cheaper than buying commercially. Usually, you only have to pay for the materials. The labor and branding come for free.
If you’re concerned about the state of our planet, a do-it-yourself lifestyle will make a lot of sense. You get to fix something first before throwing them away. Opting to make things yourself at home can also minimize the amount of waste, especially plastic, produced in the process. For example, you want to give your home a post-pandemic refresh to shake things up. So instead of buying brand-new furniture, you choose a DIY approach by upcycling whatever you already have or giving stuff from second-hand stores a new lease on life.
DIY projects are excellent examples of productive, mindful activities that can ease symptoms of anxiety and depression. They require full mental concentration, taking your mind off stressful things and negative thinking patterns, and preventing you from being idle. It focuses on keeping you present in the moment.
When you do things yourself, you don’t stop until you’re satisfied and proud of the results. You may tweak it as you hone new skills, catch updates online, and repair it if it gets broken over time. That’s a free warranty right there already.
Taking on a do-it-yourself approach to most things in life opens doors to learning new and exciting things that can pave the way to something more serious, such as developing an interest in taking courses, switching career paths, or discovering lucrative side hustles.
DIYs can be fun and creative. However, sometimes it can be frustrating in the beginning due to the learning curve involved. Just focus on progress instead of perfection. Don’t be scared to experiment and make mistakes. When in doubt, Google is your friend. You’ll be amazed at the number of free DIY tutorials and learning resources you can find online.