Mind Boost: 5 Reasons Why You Should Do-it-Yourself

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Have you ever been told you can’t do something? For many of us, hearing “you can’t” is enough to make us try, but what if the voice saying “you can’t” is your own?

That negative voice can be especially loud when it comes to doing odd-jobs around the house. In a recent survey, only 8% of 18-25 year olds said they could rewire a plug, and 21% said they probably couldn’t assemble flat-pack furniture. But could this inability to DIY actually come from a lack of self-belief?

There are so many benefits to doing it yourself, and as long as you don’t risk hurting yourself it’s always worth rolling up your sleeves and getting stuck in. There are the obvious financial benefits of not having to hire a handyman or handywoman, but learning how to DIY could also lead to new business ventures for you. Become the go-to person for odd-jobs and you could earn a little extra money on the side, or even open your own handyman or handywoman business!

Acquiring a new skill also gives all sorts of wonderful benefits to your brain. Learning can help to improve your working memory, your verbal intelligence and even your language skills. What’s more, as you improve, your brain has to work less hard as it makes more neuron connections, meaning learning actually strengthens your brain.

Learning how to DIY is brilliant for your emotional health too because it is empowering and rewarding. Not only do you get the satisfaction of fixing or making something, you can also learn more about yourself and discover that the negative voice in your head was wrong: you can do anything you set your mind to.

Manage your own project

Any DIY job is an opportunity to manage a project. Even if all you’re coordinating is a toolbox, you’re in charge, and once you’ve finished one project the next will be easier.

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Feel satisfied

There’s something incredibly satisfying about looking at a piece of furniture you have just built. Researchers have called this feeling the ‘IKEA effect’, and it means that you can get more gratification from building something yourself than buying it ready-made.

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Turn your project into a lucrative business

Once you start DIY-ing, you may find that other people come to you for help, and this could lead to a whole new venture: your own handyman or handywoman business. It’s possible to make a comfortable living from DIY, and there are several tricks to success. Learn your trade inside out and, when you start out, take on any job you can, no matter how small. And remember, do it all with a friendly attitude and a smile.

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Surprise yourself

So many of us don’t DIY because we believe we can’t, but give it a go and you might just surprise yourself. Books and the internet can help you get started, and you’ll probably find that you’re capable of a lot more than you give yourself credit for.

Create more meaningful things

Learning the self-sustainability of DIY can be incredibly rewarding. Sure, you could call someone in to paint your child’s bedroom for you, but wouldn’t it be so much more meaningful if you and your little one painted it together? A DIY project doesn’t just leave you with the finished product; it gives you the memories of making it as well.

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You can read this story and more in our autumn 2016 gratitude issue here