The stereotype that men can’t and won't talk about their feelings is also changing thanks to shifts in the societal culture of dismissal as well as organisations like Lifeline, Beyond Blue and Talk Space providing support and openness about how managing our mental health can be a struggle for both men and women.
And you know what we heard can help? Prescription strength woodworking. Indeed, we read that many therapists actually suggest woodworking to clients who are suffering from depression, anxiety and even post-traumatic stress disorder.
So we looked into it. Some of it was simple enough, and other bits, well, even we were surprised.
Here’s what we learned:
Distraction: Turning your mind to something other than your negative thoughts and feelings provides temporary relief. Woodworking provides an opportunity to focus on the task at hand and not on your stressors, allowing you space to move through your emotions.
Serotonin: Woodworking can be soothing and relaxing, which boosts the mood regulating hormone serotonin.
Satisfaction: A sense of accomplishment and knowing you have the ability to make something can give you a sense of purpose and boost confidence.
Creativity: Woodworking requires you to use both your hands and your mind, promoting creative thinking and problem solving.
Community: Woodworking can be a very social hobby, providing a sense of community and belonging, helping us feel connected to others and less isolated.