Staying creative during the pandemic
The pandemic and associated quarantining and social distancing has created so many new challenges in our daily lives. For some, it’s first-level Maslow hierarchy stuff, like how am I going to make money and pay the bills? Or how am I going to stay healthy while I work on the front lines? I feel for those folks the most, and send my love to them.
Others have their own challenges with childcare, figuring out how to work from home, and keeping sane when every day looks the same. Regardless, all of us are facing a collective depression from fear of the unknown. What is to come? How will our lives be changed in the near term and long term from this pandemic? We are “watching people go through withdrawal from the emotional addiction to the myth of certainty.” (Ashley C. Ford)
The only way I’ve been able to keep my sanity is to channel my energy into creative projects. Any time I’ve faced a challenging time in my life, my creativity seems to rise to the occasion as a conduit to help my feelings get out. If there’s any way for you to tap into your creativity, regardless of the outlet, I strongly encourage you do to so. If at all possible, take some time for yourself to explore, or collaborate with your quarantine peeps or with a partner online. Stepping into the creative zone is the best medicine to reduce our world-wide fear and help take some level of control over our own new normal.
IMAGE: Endure Art group cover photo
Endure Art, https://www.facebook.com/groups/642530889643381/ run by Sarah Todd, is a new and unintimidating place that you can join other creative folks doing creative thing and encouraging each other to post about their creative endeavors.