If you’re feeling the stress of the current coronavirus pandemic, then perhaps having a little creative time might help you slow down and immerse yourself in something that is both enjoyable and beneficial. It has been scientifically proven that 20 minutes of any creative activity can positively change your brain chemistry and ease anxiety…. even if you think you aren’t creative.
Being creative is an innately human thing. We are born with it, as children we use it to play, and as adults, it’s something that helps us tap into that inner child we all have inside us. No matter our age, we can give ourselves permission to play again. It is this process of creative play that will help you to feel better – if you make something marvellous at the end, great – but it’s not important to see that as the outcome.
Thanks to COVID-19, I have closed my creative business and studio and embarked on the 12-week isolation at home – somewhere I don’t usually work, but in the current climate, it’s the safest place for me to be. I will be using different creative mediums to help keep me occupied productively as well as mentally, and as an artist I enjoy the variety. I, therefore, encourage you to try as many different creative activities as you can until you find one that you enjoy – if you don’t enjoy it, then what’s the point?
You may also currently have children home from school who need some creative activity, so I’ve put together some ideas you can enjoy – either with or without children. I have deliberately kept them low cost and as eco-friendly as possible to reflect how I work.