Woodworking is an activity that takes some physical skill, yes, but also is a tremendous exercise in creativity. Regular creative activity can help you to maintain a healthy brain, and can also give you an outlet to throw yourself into that will help you deal with a wide range of challenges you face on a daily basis. In fact, art has been shown to have therapeutic benefits for people who suffer from such conditions as depression, anxiety, stress and various mental disorders.
Here are just a few of the ways in which custom woodworking in Houston can offer you some therapeutic benefits:
- Dealing with difficult challenges or problems: Studies have shown that engaging in brainstorming or activities that allow your mind to wander in a task that is unrelated to other problems or challenges you are facing can actually help your brain to come up with new, creative solutions for that initial problem. Therefore, it can be helpful every once in a while to take a break from the “real world,” to head into your shop and to do a little bit of work on a project you have going on. You might find yourself reaching an epiphany as you’re sanding down a surface!
- Struggles at work: For people who are feeling either ineffective or frustrated in the workplace, woodworking can offer some great benefits to self-esteem. Woodworking puts you solely in charge of the task in front of you, and you manage every aspect of the project. The final result you create is yours and yours alone, and when people praise it, they are therefore praising the skill and effort you put into it. There’s something extremely satisfying about seeing a woodworking project come together well. Your success and completion of a project can provide some self-esteem that translates into your everyday life.
- Feelings of depression or anxiety: Other studies have shown that making art can help increase mood and counter some feelings of depression. You’d be amazed at how therapeutic it can be to pick out a board with a gorgeous grain pattern, to work it to your desired end and to rub some oil finish into it to bring out its gorgeous colors and appearance.
- Relationship problems: Woodworking can provide a feeling of catharsis—that is, working through issues you have in the form of a creative process. You might, for example, choose to build something for another person, and as you’re working on the design you can do so with their desires or needs in mind. Putting time into the project is an act of giving yourself and your talents to that other person. It can do wonders for relationships.
These are just a few examples of some ways in which custom woodworking in Houston can elevate your mood and provide you with some much-needed peace and relaxation. For more information about how woodworking can be therapeutic, visit Houston Hardwoods Inc. or contact us today with any questions. We look forward to helping you get started on your next project!