Recently I’ve been doing a lot of DIY, gardening and for the want of a better description, digging and smashing stuff up.
This kind of manual work has been a great way to fend off anxiety during lockdown.
Well, firstly there are the proven good effects of doing something physical on mental health. Exercise lowers stress levels (via cortisol) and also gives your mind time to just focus on something else for a change.
but there’s also something to be said for working outdoors in the quiet and peacefulness of nature. I love the feel of the wind or the warmth of the sun, and the fresh air.
Not to mention, it’s almost carthartic too, to smash the living shit out of my old garden shed AND still receive praise from my wife for “getting stuff done”.
Smashing things apart is underrated , and it’s even a business – just look up your local rage room and you’ll see what I mean.
Lastly, there’s even a trend of “Care Farming” where people who suffer from depression or anxiety-related illnesses can work for up to months on small farms. It’s already a big thing in Europe.
It’s been reported that “people valued, among other things, being in contact with each other, and feeling a sense of achievement, fulfilment and belonging.“ which is definitely my vibe while I’m gardening or pretending to know DIY.
So, get out there, smash up a shed or plant something and start to heal your mind!