Creativity in Isolation

Creativity in Isolation – How to Spend Your Days in Quarantine Creatively

Days in quarantine and isolation can be dull, but only if you allow it to be. Here are ideas on how to get creative in spending your time at home. If you are creative, regardless if you are introverted or extroverted, this period is the best way to touch base with your home hobbies.

I am now entering the second week of my home-quarantine, which would probably get longer if the world situation doesn’t improve in the coming weeks. Honestly, I have been longing for this kind of days filled with doing this that I love (aside from traveling, meeting friends, attending classes, etc.). Thus, this quarantine period is a blessing in disguise, not just to me but for others out there who are constantly bombarded with tons of things to do.

Disclaimer: Getting busy and being productive does not mean that you don’t care about what is going in the world. The best way to fight the virus is to stay at home and get busy inside it. See this period as a chance to take care of yourself better physically, mentally, and emotionally.

1. Join an online writing or doodling challenge

 These are daily online challenges that you can participate in. 8Letters is running an online writing challenge with a #HomeMemories theme aiming to motivate writers out there to write an entry inspired by their home, and well, memories. For a doodling challenge, check out @sarazorel on Instagram and join the #30DayDoodleChallenge.

2. Learn about the plants in your garden.

 If you miss going on safaris, you will be surprised with plenty of flora and fauna in your garden. Familiarize yourself with the plants around your yard by searching about it online. Perhaps you can start gardening, get rid of the pests and plant your apocalyptic garden with onions, calamansi, cabbage, etc.

3.  Try out a unique way of journaling – BuJo or Bullet Journaling. 

 This is a method of personal organization developed by designer Ryder Carroll. It can contain reminders, to-do lists, brainstorming, or any kind of organization that you need since you can be flexible and play around with it. It appears to be a way to relieve anxiety too because you spend more time in designing it – maybe with doodles, stickers, etc., it can be therapeutic just like coloring books. 

4. Create a creative sanctuary.

 Find a space in your home that feels safe for you to unleash your creativity. I hate to say this, but it should not be on your bed where you sleep, because the chance of you falling asleep while creating here is pretty high. Find a place where you can relax, but at the same time, get motivated. Something with a window and a lot of sunshine will be useful for you.

5. Make oracle cards.

 This is a set of cards for divination and introspection. We all have questions about the universe, and every day is filled with dilemmas. Chances are, we already know the answer, we just need something to validate our feelings (something like flipping a coin). To start, put or draw a picture and/ or saying on each card. Whatever you put in, it must be meaningful for you, e.g., fables, quotes, lyrics, places. To know what the universe is trying to tell you, in the morning when your mind is still clear, meditate for a few minutes and then pick a card.      

6. Edit photos and start building your portfolio.

 Maybe you are an aspiring photographer, and you have taken so many photos sitting on your phone for a long time? You know you can sell your photos to stock photos website out there, right? This is the time to build a portfolio! All you need is a computer and a photo editing app, which is usually free and voila! Alternatively, you can upload the photos to your website or social media account. Remember to write a compelling caption too! 

7. Create motivational graphics.

 Believe me – the world needs tons of inspirational and motivational quotes right now. Our recommended apps are Photoscape, ColourStory, Snapseed, and Canva. You can even create e-cards out of it, which you can send to your friends, family, neighbors, acquaintance, and frontliners. 

8. Start scrapbooking. 

 Don’t know what to do with old pictures, old cards and old magazines? Do you have extra stationaries and old notebooks lying around? If yes, then grab it along with your (colored) pens, scissors, and tape or glue and start scrapbooking. This is an old-fashion way to preserve your mementos, which you can personalize depending on your style.

9. Design an online class.

 If you have a skill or specialization that is beneficial to many, you might want to share it by designing a course. This quarantine period is the best time to offer it for free, so you can gather feedback which will then help you improve, and reviews to help you market your course in the future when you plan to charge for a fee.

10. Start a blog.

Sites such as WordPress and Blogspot can help you create websites in no-time. Start by thinking of a theme (e.g. a travel blog, recipe blog or a blog filled with your fictional stories), something you are really interested in because let me tell you, it requires a lot of effort from writing, to pictures, to thinking of a domain, and of course, maintaining it. It’s a continuous project that you can do even after the quarantine period. 

These are just a few recommendations, but if you have any other suggestions, feel free to share it in the comments below. We hope that this is helpful!

Remember that it is not necessary to be productive, so don’t stress yourself out if you are not in the mood. The desire to create must come naturally. We may have to embrace all the uncertainties that come our way, but remember to maintain a healthy social distancing for now! 😉

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