Destressing comes in many forms. For some, it’s a long conversation with an old friend. For others, it involves a glass of wine and a beloved TV show. Even still, sometimes these favored ways of kicking back and relaxing don’t successfully eliminate our worrying thoughts. When that happens, there’s really nothing better to do than a manual activity that takes your attention away from your daily stressors and places it squarely on the project you’re working to complete. Here are 3 great examples of at-home DIY projects that are not only fun, but some of the most mentally soothing practices out there.
Practicing gratitude – or actively demonstrating appreciation for your life, flaws and all – is a great way to feel happier and more satisfied on the daily basis. It can even alleviate stress! So, if you want to mentally soothe yourself, try your hand at gratitude journaling. Though this can look different, based on your budget and the materials you have on-hand, we recommend gathering a blank journal and photos of your favorite people, places, and things and dedicating a little bit of time each day to documenting your thoughts and what makes your heart swell with gratitude. You’ll feel better for it – we promise.
Molding with Clay
Clay is back in a big way. From handmade earrings to drink coasters and wall hangings, you can’t go wrong with a clay DIY project. Not only will it yield a unique conversation piece, but working with your hands can help you get out of your head and focus on something other than your work deadlines, household chores, or whatever else is on your mind. After all, as the old saying goes, “idle hands are the devil's workshop” – so, put them to work with clay molding. Bonus points if you focus on the sensations of the clay while you’re working and identify how the project makes you feel as you’re completing it!
Need a project that helps you eliminate all distractions? Try embroidery! Because successful embroidery necessitates a lot of attention to detail and good, old-fashioned work, you can bet that starting this type of project will take your mind off of your stressors. This is especially true for beginners, who must spend a bit of extra time focusing their energy to master the basics. Not to mention, embroidery can be a very rewarding activity, once you realize the many beautiful things you can create with a little bit of know-how and devotion to the craft.
Inspiration can come from anywhere – just ask the team at Annabelle on Main in Duluth, Georgia. By passing along this information, we hope to inspire you with new ideas, projects, and goals, too.