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Finding Creativity in Lockdown

Dearest Readers,

Here we find ourselves yet again, in another lockdown. Although it feels as though the world is continuously crashing down on us, I assure you there is much to look forward to. I prefer to think of this time as less of a period of things we can’t do and more about what we are now able to do in these circumstances. Working from home can be challenging, but it also can be challenging to motivate ourselves to take time to do things for our own benefit.

Beginning, I want to mention that it is so important to begin creating a routine for yourself. Although you may just be home and in your pajamas, get up at the same time everyday! Put on an outfit that makes you feel good and motivated, so you start the day off physically ready for productivity. After your scheduled work time, make time for your interests! Whether it be a creative hobby, a movie you’ve been meaning to see, or even a walk about the neighborhood on a new trail, make that a part of your day, everyday!

If you, like many people, haven’t quite found a hobby that suits you yet, feel free to explore! There are so many options that you are bound to fall in love with one, but don’t feel disheartened if they aren't all for you either. One activity I suggest is journaling. Not only can it be a creative way to let out your inner thoughts and ideas, it can also be a great way to organise and artistically express your life. Bullet journaling has become increasingly popular over the years and is a great way to customise a journal to your needs. You could have a planner section, set up in the way you prefer to use planners. You can also have a drawing section, for daily doodles or sketches of moments that inspire you. Maybe even a section for workout plans, meal prep ideas, savings trackers, books to read, movies to watch, and so much more. This can be a space to lower your overall stress and anxiety, organise your thoughts and also bring you joy!

For those folks that prefer a more hands on kind of project, there are plenty of crafts to do with your hands. Flower arranging, embroidery, painting, and photography are just a few. For me, this activity is rather obviously hat making. There is something about creating a beautiful piece of wearable art with your own hands that gives one a great

sense of satisfaction. Then being able to share that joy with others is such a gift.

So remember. Although we are seemingly stuck for a while, that doesn’t mean you should let your goals be stuck too. Start that project you’ve been wanting to do or write that book you have been dreaming of. This time is so important to focus on realigning what you want in life and doing what you can to get there. I believe in you!

Best of luck with your creative endeavors

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