Our social media ambassador and art student, Daria, shares her top nine tips on staying creative whilst working from home.
Date: 28 April 2020
If you feel you’ve lost your motivation, inspiration and creativity because of this worldwide pandemic, then don’t worry! I’m here to help you with different ways that you can keep your creativity flowing while you’re stuck inside.
Reorganise your space
It’s scientifically proven that physical spaces affect our physiological patterns. Clear space = clear mind. Not only that – living in an organised environment is good for your health, and it also helps you see things from a different perspective.
Try a new hobby
Always wished you had that extra time to focus on your hobbies? Now’s your chance. Practising a hobby can help you with stress relief, detaching you from your day-to-day life. It can also increase your creativity by making your mind think differently.
Create DIY decorative objects
Whether you want to create new decorations for your house or make cute gifts for your family and friends, DIY or upcycled objects can add a nice personal touch. Have you seen something on the internet that costs way less to create yourself than to purchase it? Do it. Why throw away empty jars, boxes and materials when you can create nice decorations out of them?
Look at the images below to see an easy way that you can paint an empty jar.
Learn a new skill
There are thousands of online platforms where you can learn new skills: YouTube videos, IGTV, online courses, webinars, ebooks, movies and podcasts. Keep your mind stimulated. Add value to the time you spend inside. Find a subject you’d like to learn more about. Find your passion and chase it. Any skill you learn is valuable and you never know when you’ll need to use it.
Keep a journal
This is one of the best ways to reflect and keep track of the events in your life. I find it easier to focus and organise my mind when I write things down. Also, it’s easier to see the bigger picture and have a place where you write down your ideas, thoughts and memories. Moreover, it’s always nice to look back on things and rediscover memories you probably forgot about.
Create a vision board
It’s easier to work on your goals and passions while physically seeing them. Get some magazines and cut out images related to your objectives. Visualise things. Visualisation is one of the most powerful mind exercises you can do. Get craftsy.
Create social media content
Get creative on TikTok, start a YouTube channel or think of creative ways to show your Instagram stories. Think of mood boards for your feeds or write longer descriptions. There are loads of different ways in which you can share unique content on social media that adds value to your community. Think of what you’d like to share with your followers and come up with unique ways in which you can deliver the content.
Learn new editing skills
Some of the most valuable skills in today’s world are digital. Think of ways in which you can transmit the vibe of a place through the light, colours and composition of a photograph. Learn how to edit your pictures more than just adding a ready-made filter. Make them unique. Experiment. Play around.
Reading is one way in which you can broaden your imagination, as it stimulates the right side of your brain. It helps to open your mind to new ideas, experience other people’s lives and provide information on any subject you’d like to know more about. Think how lucky we are that we can read about someone’s experiences and years of research in just a few hours.
To conclude, I hope these ideas will keep you busy, creative and motivated during these difficult times. I hope they can help you think of the world out there and the ways in which you can positively contribute to your community and your own personal lives.
Stay safe and creative!
"I hope these ideas will keep you busy, creative and motivated."
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