While DIY crafts are a fun pastime, did you also know they can benefit your health and overall happiness? Here are five reasons to finally give those DIY Pinterest Pins a try!
1. Know Your Ingredients
Health junkies read labels in the same way that lit fans devour classic novels. By doing your own research and creating your own self-care products you know EXACTLY what’s inside, and can make sure that every ingredient is clean and pronounceable. All that’s left to do is relax and enjoy a lavender bath salt soak (that you made yourself, obviously).
There’s nothing like the satisfaction of making something out of scratch with your own two hands. Putting in the time and effort to create something fosters a greater feeling of fulfillment knowing that it was YOU who crafted something out of nothing. That feeling you get when the first tomato of the season begins to ripen on the vine? Priceless!
Instead of occupying your hands with texting, scrolling or swiping right, put them to good use by learning a valuable new “hands-on” skill. You can’t get that feeling of gratitude we mentioned above without getting your hands dirty. One of our favorite ways to use our hands is bread baking…yum!
4. Brain Health
Work. Commute. Eat. TV. Bed. Repeat. Sound familiar? It’s human nature to fall into a comfortable routine easily. Break out of the classic work-week rut and feed your brain’s thirst to learn by tackling a new project. You’re not only learning something new but also keeping your brain as sharp as if you drank a cup of your own cold-brewed coffee.
5. Save Money
This is a no-brainer. In almost all cases, making your own products (think household cleaners, soy candles, dryer balls, etc) is a lot cheaper than buying someone else’s. Multiple products can be made from the same key ingredients like coconut oil, essential oils, apple cider vinegar etc. Plus, mastering a skill—like brewing your own kombucha—may even lead to a new source of revenue if you have a knack for it and are willing to hone your craft. Sell what you make or teach classes on how to be as awesome as you are!
What are some of your favorite DIY projects? Tell us about them below!