Using your hands as well as your brain

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Over the weekend a friend reminded me of the importance of doing something with your hands.

Living inside your head, spending lots of time reading, writing and thinking, that’s all great. But our bodies and minds are built to want more than that. So aside from getting some exercise, it’s also good to have a crafty hobby, whether it’s cooking, knitting or building a scale model of St Michael’s Mount out of champagne corks.

A butler at St Michael's Mount in Cornwall made this in his spare time - a scale model of the Mount made from champagne corks. How cool is that?
A butler at St Michael’s Mount in Cornwall made this in his spare time – a scale model of the Mount made from champagne corks. How cool is that? And how much booze!

I’ve got so carried away in the enthusiasm of the writing life recently that other things have been neglected. The fact that I want to write is great, but I know full well that my writing time will be more productive if I mix up my routine. So this week I will pick up some old abandoned craft projects, just for a little while each evening, to help refresh my brain.

No cork models of my house though – I don’t drink that much champagne.

What do you do to keep your brain fresh, to avoid wearing your mind thin by spending your whole time inside it? Share your thoughts, maybe you’ll give me some ideas for future projects.