Like many other industries with artisan roots, woodworking is making a comeback as a hobby. Many people find that they like the process of transformation from simple wood to beautiful pieces of woodwork, be that large tables or small ornamental items. And like many other hobbies, there is so much more to the process than merely having the finished product at the end. Woodworking also provides many health benefits. Read on to learn more.
BOOST MOOD AND MENTAL SHARPNESS
If woodworking is a hobby you enjoy, then doing it will make you happy. Doing activities that we enjoy causes our brains to release serotonin, which improves mood. The sense of pride and completion that you experience when you complete a project is also a significant mood boost, as well. Woodworking can even boost mental sharpness since the activity requires intense concentration.
REDUCE ANXIETY AND STRESS
Woodworking is an excellent hobby for forgetting the stress of the day as you immerse yourself in an activity you enjoy. Working with your hands also has been shown to help reduce stress and improve overall wellness.
UTILIZE MATH AND COMMUNICATION SKILLS
Woodworking uses many skills that you may have thought you didn’t need after school, including math. You will be measuring, weighing, cutting, and calculating, so it is an excellent way to practice those math skills with low stress. Woodworking also requires communication skills, from reading directions to communicating with a helper on larger projects. If you include your children in the hobby, it can be an excellent way for them to practice their reading skills as well.
IMPROVE CARDIOVASCULAR HEALTH AND FINE MOTOR SKILLS
Woodworking has the double whammy of heart health – it lowers stress while also promoting more movement of your body. This reason is why the hobby could be a good one to get into if you’re concerned about your heart (after discussing it with your doctor). Woodworking can also improve your fine motor skills. While you likely aren’t worried about your fine motor control, the more you use these abilities as you age, the more likely you are to keep them sharp.
HONE A CREATIVE SKILL
Woodworking will also allow you to practice working with many new tools and techniques. As you continue your practice, you will improve both knowledge and ability. You will also be challenged to think more creatively as you dream up new projects and designs. While these skills may not translate directly into your everyday job, it’s never a bad idea to have more knowledge stored away for the future.
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