It is important in these difficult times to carry on with activities we enjoy. Unfortunately we may not be able to take part in group sessions like keep fit classes, (UK June ’21) so we need to find an interest which keeps our minds active and that we can look forward to every day.
Taking up a hobby could be the answer. Research shows that having a hobby lowers levels of depression……in fact it can eradicate feelings of depression completely.
Drugs prescribed to alleviate depression are not always effective. Indeed they can make matters worse. Doctors now recognise that pursuing a hobby can have a positive effect on your mental health.
The reason why hobbies make you feel more content is all about the reward system in your brain. Chemical messengers, known as neurotransmitters, are released, which give you a feeling of pleasure.
Once the brain has experienced an initial feeling of pleasure, it will want to repeat the activity/hobby in order to experience further enjoyment.
Perhaps you have enjoyed wood crafts in the past, but have let things slip recently. Now is the perfect time to resume your interest. It will certainly improve your mental health if you are unlucky enough to have a problem.
Here are my suggestions for the wood crafts you can enjoy, at home, on a small budget and even if you have very little space….
There are several different methods you can use for making wooden jewellery……..Inlay, Carved, Turned, Laser Cut, Veneers and using Found Objects.