4 Top Tips for Boosting Creativity in Quarantine
Life in quarantine means settling into new routines. A routine that quickly becomes the same rhythm 'til the days start to blur and work-life boundaries no longer exist.
If you're a creative, either by profession or not, inspiration may have come about outside the confines of your home.
But since we're still quarantining for the foreseeable future, we've compiled our top tips for boosting creativity and staying inspired from home.
1. Create rituals for creativity.If you're in a rut staring at a blank page, set yourself up with an art challenge to get your creative juices flowing. Take advantage of the social media phenomenon as a creative outlet, with Instagrammers hosting and posting art challenges. Pick one, or several, as long as you commit to it! A few of our favorite trends are:
#GettyMuseumChallenge (aka #QuarantineArtChallenge) - initiated by The Getty Museum, the prompt is to recreate a work of art with objects (and people). @covidclassics is killing it in this department.
#The100DayProject - the online art project where thousands of people all around the world commit to 100 days of exploring their creativity. Starts up every spring, catch updates on the100dayartproject.org.
- #INKtober - every October, a list of topics are announced on inktober.com to be accomplished everyday to eventually form and improve positive habits.
#DrawThisAgain - pick an old artwork and draw it again to see how much you've improved.
- #ToonMe - artists are creating a stylized auto-portrait, usually in cartoon style though you can expand use this challenge to pick a style outside of your comfort zone. The portrait is half based on an actual photo with the other half as the illustration.
2. Stay connected.Physical isolation doesn't mean social isolation. Take this time to strengthen or create new relations: each and every person offers a new perspective, like opening a new book. Turn these insights from others into inspiration. Consider writing, painting or drawing a portrait of these emotional connections.
3. Do something less creative.Sometimes the best way to be creative is to not try at all. Let your mind completely mellow out, but don't veg out in front of the TV! Our favorite pastime is to grab some coloring pencils, make sure they're super sharp and reach for an adult coloring book. Coloring is known to reduce stress and anxiety as those negative emotions flow right out and are released in the color choices you make to the pressure applied. For something light and humourous, start with Don't Worry, Eat Cake.
4. Take needed breaks.Avoid creative fatigue. Especially if you're working from home, it's easy to burn out and lose work-life balance. Set boundaries around your time and space. If you're feeling overwhelmed, anxious, irritable or sad, take a break and recharge. Check-in with yourself, feel what you're feeling, and respond with compassion and kindness.
How're you finding inspiration and sparks of creativity from home? Feel free to share links, resources or stories below.