Even if you’ve never taken time to get in touch with your creative side, doing something imaginative can work wonders for your mood during the dark days of the coronavirus pandemic. The world could use a little more beauty and joy right now, so with that in mind, get inspired with these seven ways to tap into your creativity in self-quarantine.
1. Take a Virtual Museum Tour
Instead of feeling frustrated that you’re stuck inside, broaden your horizons with a virtual tour of a cultural attraction. Many museums have opened their world-class collections to the public via their websites, so you can explore the Louvre, the Guggenheim, the Getty Museum and more from the comfort of your couch. Let masterpieces inspire you to make something of your own.
2. Carve out a “Creative Retreat”
You might find your creativity flows more readily if you set aside a dedicated space in your home where you can fully concentrate on writing, drawing, painting, woodworking or the artistic endeavor of your choice. If you are quarantining with roommates or family members, you may need to ask them to respect your need for solitude while you’re in this room or area of the house.
3. Rearrange Your Furniture
When was the last time you shook up the look of your bedroom or living area? Interior decor is another way to unleash your creativity. Moving things around can help you feel better and gives you a sense of purpose. Make a change, big or small, and watch your artistic side blossom!
4. Try New Recipes
It’s no surprise that cooking can be a form of self-expression. By getting inventive in the kitchen, you can not only put tasty, nutritious meals on the table, but you can also create a shared eating experience for anyone who lives with you. If you were never much of a home chef before self-quarantine, start with simple recipes like marinara sauce, then add your unique twists on them over time as you become more familiar with making these meals. Just don’t forget to wash your hands thoroughly before you start flexing those culinary skills.
5. Write Down Your Ideas
Inspiration can strike anywhere. Have a notebook nearby or use a notes app on your phone to jot down ideas as they arise. Some people find they come up with their best ideas in the shower – if this sounds like you, consider getting a waterproof notebook. Or, keep a notepad on your bedside so you can capture bright ideas that occur to you just before bedtime or immediately after waking up.
6. Start a Meditation Practice
Meditation is a healthy habit for a myriad of reasons, not least of which is that it can help you access your inner reserves of creativity. Mindfulness can enhance your powers of observation and can let you reach a relaxed, yet focused, state of being where ideas flow more readily.
7. Listen to Music
If self-quarantine has you feeling stuck in a bit of a rut, put on some tunes and sing along! Music can ease anxiety and fight off boredom – both of which are essential in the stressful circumstances of self-quarantine.
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