Home-made electronics prove key to lockdown mental health for 2.5M makers, says national research
03 July 2020
Over 2.5 million Brits report that a hobby in electronics has been key for maintenance of their mental wellbeing during the coronavirus pandemic, according to national research, with 21% of electronics makers & hobbyists inspired to start a business during lockdown.
In new national research, creators of the desktop factory, Mayku have explored the mental health benefits of a hobby in electronics – reinforcing their commitment to provide all potential makers with the tools and knowledge to unlock their creativity.
The countrywide lockdown brought about by the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic has had a considerable impact on life across the UK, and while lockdown restrictions are beginning to ease week by week, the pandemic has undeniably contributed to what was already a significant mental health crisis.
With millions of Brits confined to their homes, and many suffering job losses or being placed on furlough, reports of mental health incidents have risen – and the extended period of uncertainty has disrupted the nation’s routines, work and leisure activities, which are essential to maintaining mental stability and wellbeing. However, the quarantine has also inspired a nation of people to discover the myriad benefits to be gleaned from creative pursuits.
New nationally representative research carried out by creators of the desktop factory, Mayku has found that over 2.5 million people in Britain have experienced a significant mental wellbeing benefit from discovering, rediscovering or developing a skill in building or mending electronics in lockdown.
Not only this, but some have even been motivated to turn their passion into viable businesses – with 21% of electronics hobbyists stating that their time spent developing their craft in lockdown has sparked a desire to create a business in the sector.
With this in mind, creators of the desktop factory Mayku are keen to encourage people to take up or develop a hobby in lockdown. Alex Smilansky, co-founder & CEO of Mayku discusses the mental health benefits and shares how people can turn their passion projects into a source of income: “It is truly wonderful to see the sheer quantity of people in Britain who have benefited from allowing their creative juices to flow by taking up, developing, or even rediscovering the joy of electronics.
“Taking part in creative pursuits can have a tremendous impact on our mental wellbeing, especially during the extended periods of isolation and disruption brought about by the coronavirus lockdown. Working on an art project or creating something new out of different materials allows us to be present in the moment and reignites our creative mindset, preventing us from dwelling on the past, future or less than ideal circumstances brought about by the virus.
“Keeping the brain effectively stimulated, developing skills and creating something, also provides us with a much-needed sense of progress and achievement, which works wonders for our mental wellbeing, especially at a time where so many of us are still unable to work, travel or visit close friends and family with ease.
“We have even found that the time spent in lockdown has inspired some people to take their craft hobbies and nurture them to create fully fledged businesses out of their homes. With more time and energy to dedicate to their passion projects, the lockdown is giving rise to a number of brand new businesses.
“At Mayku, we are so pleased to see so many people discovering new creative passions and feeling the positive mental effects as a result, and we are committed to giving everyone in the UK the power to kickstart their own hobbies or even businesses, by providing quality materials, equipment and a friendly online community for help and support.”
Founded in 2015, Mayku is a London-based company made up of creators, engineers, designers and logistics professionals, united under the shared concept of democratised manufacturing. Mayku works with everyone, from huge companies like Nike and NASA, to micro-businesses and even individuals craftspeople, to help everyone unlock their creative potential and ability to make, by producing industrial-grade machines at a fraction of the size and cost.
Mayku is also committed to building a true community of creators, with access to a wealth of services and digital tools, to help make the design process more accessible by lowering the barrier of entry and spurning creativity among its users.
The Mayku FormBox desktop factory can pick up even the finest details of your design and offers industrial grade vacuum forming on your desktop.
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