I moved into my own home some five years ago. It was a fun experience, picking out furniture, wall paint colours, curtains, carpets – you name it.

But I wanted my home to have my touch in it. A little bit of my own flavour.

And what better way to do that then via doing-it-yourself (DIY) projects?

The first stop for me was to visit the infamous IKEA – where DIY dreams come true. After a visit to IKEA and several other stores, I was finally equipped with all the necessary frames, tables, chairs, fabric, and what-have-you’s.

I reached home and out came the tools. Screwdrivers, pliers, hammers – I had everything ready.

And so I began.

And by golly, it was one of the most liberating experiences by far. DIY-ing taught me so much more than just picking out pieces of ready made furniture would have.

What did I learn?

Beat stress with stress

It’s stressful – sourcing out the tools and products you need to come up with your own photo frame or cabinet or wall art – whatever it is. And then when you do get everything you want, you end up stressing about why the nail isn’t going in or why the wire isn’t twisting the way you want it, or why it just isn’t going right.

Any of these situations could happen – and so you’re stuck in a rut with all the stress.

But it’s beatable. In fact, I found that the best way of beating unfounded stress is by stressing on something that you can find a solution to. That way, you come to a closure much faster and get rid of your stress in a much more productive manner.

Patience is a virtue

One of the biggest ways to get rid of your stress, however, involves the need for one to be patient. Solutions don’t always come at the snap of your fingers and sometimes it takes a lot of breathing and calm nerves to figure out your way around things.

DIY helps with this. As much as you’re excited to see the final product, you will understand the need to be patient to see it come to fruition.

Be in the present

When we get involved in the things we want to do, we tend to be in the flow of the moment and take things as they are. Missing a nail? Get one. Painting? Focus.

I find that DIY-ing items, whether it be for your home or even making your own clothes or toys, can be a great way for you to be in the present moment. You are more willing to give your undivided attention to something you are making with your own two hands.

A sense of accomplishment

And what greater way to feel like an accomplished human being than by completing your DIY projects. You feel a sense of worthiness that buying something off the shelf will not give you. 

Don’t stop there

When I was done DIY-ing my home, I found that I actually preferred to work with tools. I had a “handyman” trait in me that I otherwise would not have recognised. Today, from time to time, I like to fix up a table or DIY my own things around the house. This way, I don’t lose my sense of accomplishments and get my regular dosage of tests of patience that I do my best to conquer.

Try it. You might like it too!