2020 has been a bit shit, hasn’t it? I’ve worked solidly since I was 21, and in the space of 4 weeks, I’ve gone from a full time job to furloughed. I would imagine so many of you are in the same position. It’s a rough time for us all, from the added pressure for key workers or those working from home, to the financial implications for furloughed workers or those who have sadly lost their livelihoods. And I know you’ve all seen those posts saying “uSe tHe QuArAnTiNe To MaKe MoNeY! SiDe HuStLe!”
This is not one of those posts. This post is not going to accuse you of having no discipline, and it’s not going demand you make extra money in these uncertain times. For some of us, that’s just not feasible. Instead, I’m here to encourage you to utilise quarantine in making sure you keep your spirits high and your mental health in check.
Creativity is good for the soul. I could find loads of studies showing that a creative outlet has 7 million health benefits, but quite frankly, I can’t be bothered. You know it, I know it. And a creative outlet can be anything.
I’m not going to sit here and list the different things you can do, because the list is so long and what works for you is so personal. During this quarantine, I’ve been focusing on baking and writing. I’ve been using Paul Hollywood’s recipe to perfect my homemade bread. I relaunched my blog to keep my writing brain busy and so I don’t forget how to use sentences.
For you, it could be perfecting a makeup skill or upping your photography game (on your government sanctioned 1 hour daily walk!) It could be focusing on producing activities for the kids, or losing yourself in an inspiring book. Nobody is here to tell you what to do with your new found down time, and you shouldn’t let them. The best thing you can do for yourself is stay safe, both physically and mentally. If a creative outlet helps you, and has helped in the past, please utilise it during this weird situation.
Stay safe at home dudes, it’s a nasty world out there at the moment.