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Why DIY? 5 Reasons to Tackle That Project

As social distancing keeps many of us at home, now is a prime time to “do it yourself” and tackle some projects or learn a new skill. Beyond the satisfaction that comes with creating something using your own two hands, there are many benefits of DIY-ing. Not only can it help you save money, but DIY projects offer you real, hands-on ways to empower your mind and improve your wellbeing.

Whether you’re a DIY novice or have been refurbishing furniture for years, we’ve got five reasons you should tackle that DIY project.

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  1. VO: Why DIY? It’s more than a way to finish a new project – it can also help you achieve your dreams. Here’s how, from your friends at American Family Insurance.

    The letters “DIY” remain on screen, and expand to show “Do It Yourself” as the full title. A character under the title pops in and looks up at the title, smiling as we mention “wellbeing”.

    VO: DIY projects, or Do It Yourself projects, aren’t just a great way to save money. They’re also extremely beneficial to your wellbeing, productivity and personal enrichment.

    The title leaves, and instead the numbers 1 through 5 enter the screen. Our character looks at them, as they each quickly highlight in color, then resuming its original color. (As we go from one reason to the next in the video, each number will be again highlighted in a color, so we know where we are in the video).

    VO: Let’s take a look at 5 reasons to start your own DIY project.

    The numbers reduce in size and move to the top of the screen. The number 1 is highlighted.

    VO: Boost your brainpower.

    Our character takes the center of the frame, as icons of different “skills” pop up next to her. There’s a hammer icon, a paintbrush icon, a spray can icon, and a saw icon.

    VO: Learning new skills, whether big or small, is a great way to gain knowledge.

    We pan away from the character and the icons, and bring in three new illustrations - a phone, a tablet, and a laptop. On the phone, the youtube logo pops up. On the tablet, we see the logo for Today’s Homeowner, and on the laptop, the logo for Skillshare.

    VO: And learning how to develop new skills has never been easier. You can keep it light with helpful how-to videos on platforms like YouTube or sites like Today’s Homeowner. Or explore your creativity with free classes at places like

    The phone, tablet and laptop leave, as the number 2 is highlighted.

    VO: Illuminate self-discovery.

    We bring back our character. Through a thought bubble, she’s thinking about building a chair - we see a drawing of a chair, a saw, pieces of wood and paint.

    VO: DIY projects can awaken natural talents we didn’t know we had, or inspire us to pursue a new personal passion.

    Our character is now on a split screen, talking to a carpenter.

    VO: If you have a friend or relative with a DIY skill that always intrigued you, give them a call and pick their brains.

    We now see a pinterest interface on a tablet, with different types of chairs on it, as our characters scrolls through.

    VO: If you’re looking to get inspired online, browse the endless ideas and projects on Pinterest with a simple search.

    The tablet leaves and we are now highlighting the number 3.

    VO: Bring out your best self.

    Our character now starts happily sawing wood.

    VO: A DIY project is a great way to keep both your body and mind active, which keeps you healthy and happy.

    We see our character’s phone buzzing next to her. She ignores it and continues to saw.

    VO: When you’re focused on a personal goal, you get to drown out the noise around you and discover your full potential while creating something all on your own.

    We now pan to a journal, where we see the sketches our character made for the chair, several check marks are drawn around it to indicate what tasks she accomplished.

    VO: Starting a dedicated journal will let you brainstorm, plan, and track your accomplishments in one place. It may even inspire you to create more DIY projects.

    We pan away from the journal and highlight the number 4.

    VO: Form richer relationships.

    Our character now sits by a computer and opens a Facebook-like social media site.

    VO: While you might be tackling your DIY project on your own, there are thousands of people out there who share your interest.

    On the site, we see icons of other people talking about their own chairs in chat-like bubbles. Our character uploads a photo of her progress.

    VO: Social media is the perfect place to chat about your projects and share them. Look for like-minded groups on Facebook, Reddit, Discord or other platforms. You might even start a new project with someone just as passionate as you are!

    We leave the computer and highlight the number 5.

    VO: Discover a newfound confidence.

    Our character has finished her chair - she looks at it with admiration.

    VO: When you learn to create something on your own, you’re not just less reliant on the services of others, you’re also gaining a sense of accomplishment and boosting your confidence.

    We pan to the side to reveal our character now has a room dedicated to chair-making - tools hung on the wall, spray paint cans on a table, and several in-progress chairs on the floor.

    VO: This could even inspire you to turn your new skill into a side gig or even a new career!

    Our character now takes a seat on her new chair. Above her, we highlight the number again as we call out their corresponding reasons.

    VO: As you can see, DIY projects can be a great source of happiness, allowing you to learn a skill, cultivate a talent, keep yourself active, form new relationships, and boost your confidence! Not to mention, you get to keep your dream creation.

    We end on the AmFam logo and the URL.

    VO: And don’t forget, American Family Insurance is here to support your dreams, whether they’re DIY or not. See more ways we’re here to support your dreams at

1. Boosted Brain Power

DIY-ing is a terrific way to gain new skills or knowledge. Whether reading up on techniques online or discovering how a broken appliance ticks, each project you tackle will teach you something new and improve your problem-solving abilities. Who couldn’t use a boost in that area?

There are endless free online resources you can use for all kinds of DIY projects. Here are a few to help you get started:

YouTube. Nowadays, you can search for almost any kind of DIY type and find a free YouTube channel that supports your interest. Want to learn how to add a patio or stain your deck? Maybe you want to tile your bathroom or put up a fence. YouTube has you covered. Just search, explore and learn!

Get started by checking out American Family’s DIY Eco-friendly Kit, where we’ll walk you through how to create your own on-the-go sustainable living kit.

Today’s Homeowner. Tackle any DIY project on your list with the help of Today’s Homeowner — a DIY website for all things home improvement. It’s home to over 3,000 articles and videos equipped with expert advice for improving every aspect of your home.

Skillshare. For the craftier DIY-er, explore your creativity at Here, you’ll find hundreds of free classes ranging from crafts and photography to business and writing. Find what fascinates you and dig in.

2. Illuminating Self-discovery

From helping you uncover your natural talents to pointing you toward your values and passions, DIY-ing is a great way to find out what matters most to you. Plus, DIY projects offer a great way to express your personality! Win-win.

Our advice for best results? See what other people are doing!

  • Head to Pinterest, where you can gain inspiration from like-minded creatives. Check out American Family’s Pinterest board about DIY and Sustainability.
  • Make the most out of your social media accounts and start following your favorite DIY experts.
  • Do you have a friend or family member who has a certain DIY skillset? Give them a call and see if there are any tips and tricks they can share with you.

3. Your Best Self

The happiest and healthiest people keep their minds and bodies active, and DIY activities are a perfect way to do both. Starting a DIY project is a great way to distract yourself and drown out the noise around you, like stressful news or things simply out of your control. It allows you to focus, plan, work with your hands and enjoy the empowering feeling of creating something on your own. All of which can be beneficial to your overall wellbeing.

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Track your progress on projects, create to-do checklists and reflect on your accomplishments with a DIY journal.

4. Richer Relationships

Few things bring people together like shared interests, and DIY projects encourage these special connections. Whether you enjoy cooking, crafting or remodeling, chances are there is a large community of people who can offer friendship and support — an essential part of keeping your dreams on track.

And the good news is, during this time of social distancing, you don’t even have to leave your house to enjoy the support system of DIY-ers like you. All you need is a computer and internet connection to have access to countless groups dedicated to the DIY lifestyle. Here are a few to look into:

Facebook Groups. Long gone are the days where Facebook is a simple status update and photo album. Now, you can join a variety of communities and groups designed for communication. If you want to find others who are interested in a common activity or project, you’ll likely find a Facebook Group already dedicated to it. If not — create your own!

Reddit. Made up of millions of subreddits focused on different topics, Reddit is a massive collection of forums, where you can share content and comment on other people’s posts. Gain some inspiration and enjoy the support of others by finding or creating a subreddit.

Bonus: Joining a group or forum means you can show off your DIY accomplishments! It’s fun to share with others and sometimes a little praise is all you need to spark some motivation to start something new.

5. Newfound Confidence

Amid life’s uncertainties, DIY-ers rely less on the products, services and expertise of others. Instead, they find an exhilarating sense of freedom through the new skills and confidence they have cultivated, a quality that spreads to all areas of life.

This confidence can lead to a more motivated mindset, which is needed now more than ever. Keeping yourself occupied, exploring your creative side and putting yourself to work has the potential to be a catalyst for something much bigger down the road. A career change, a side gig, opening your own business — what do you want to get out of your efforts?

So the point is simple — DIY-ing is great for your overall happiness! If you lately find yourself with more time on your hands at home, consider tackling some projects yourself or learning a new skill. You just may find it a great time of self-discovery.

Want more tips and motivation? Our collection of self-improvement tools and resources will help support and guide you along any dream pursuit.

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