I won’t lie – last week was a bit rubbish. By Sunday afternoon I was climbing the walls with frustration at the difficult week that had just gone by. For some reason, as I lay in bed on Saturday night, I remembered I had a cutting mat and a scalpel and I decided to wake up on Sunday and turn my hand at paper cutting.
I am not an artistic person, I do feel like it’s there in my soul somewhere. I have a good eye (I think) for design and beautiful things but I can never seem to turn my hand to actually producing anything beautiful. Paper cutting therefore seemed like an odd choice. You need to be patient, focused, precise and artistic surely. I am none of these things. However, I sat down on Sunday afternoon, scalpel in hand and I just started doing it. From that moment I have been absorbed by it. I did a freehand cut and then I downloaded a couple of more intricate template. I am loving it. The afternoon of focus really helped me get out of my funk and helped to disseminate the feelings of frustration that had been building all week.
A funny thing happens when we start to use our hands more and learn new skills. I think we find a new sense of pride and achievement that we may not always get from our everyday life.. I highly recommend taking up a craft (honestly, paper cutting is great fun!!) and you may well find you’re experiencing some rather unexpected benefits:
- Getting your feeling of control back – being focused on a task like paper cutting (or anything that takes concentration) can help to put other distractions aside. The accumulation of daily distraction can leave you feeling out of control and frustrated. Focused tasks can help you achieve mindfulness and peace as they tune out the day’s noise.
- Boost your self esteem – taking time to learn a new skill and make incremental improvements is a sure fire way to boost self esteem. Holding up my cuts and showing my husband and son was lovely. Hearing my little boy go “wow, how did you do that?” is a wonderful little boost to the ego.
- A sense of achievement – sometimes life can be a relentless task. I struggle with parenthood sometimes, it’s never finished and is a constant work in progress. Much like chores and my work too. I don’t have the luxury in my day job of building or making anything. Crafting has allowed me to feel a sense of achievement and see an output. That can do wonders for your mental health.
- It got me away from the phone – my little online refuge that always calls me back but always makes my moods worse! Putting down the phone and focusing on something entirely analogue gave me the much needed break I needed from social media and the mindless scrolling that can seem like an easy escape during a crappy day.
Happy crafting everyone – I recommend paper cutting for sure!! You can find some fabulous templates all over the place online but I got my latest one from this lovely store called Tommy and Tilly Design on Etsy.