I know a lot of you are feeling very confined during this lockdown, and it’s hard to figure out things to do stay creative. You can’t really go anywhere, the world seems crazy and scary and that makes it very difficult to actually want to do anything.
When I reached my 20s I had a sudden desire to have a ton of hobbies – I was just desperate to learn some new skills and find things that I love. Cooking, photography and recently the ukulele are little things that make me so happy but I don’t always have a lot of time for – now I finally have time to get back into those things and I’m truly loving it!
Now I’m not saying you need to do anything to be productive if you don’t want to – believe me, I’m loving just watching TV and making my island cute in Animal Crossing. However, if you’re feeling in a little bit of a slump and would love to be slightly more productive and get those creative juices flowing – even if it’s only one day a week – here are a few ideas for you.
1. Pick up an instrument.
I’m pretty sure we’ve all been gifted an instrument in the past, or picked one up ourselves with the best intentions to develop a new skill – I, for one, got a ukulele this Christmas after begging for one for ages.
There’s truly nothing like losing an entire day trying to learn your favourite songs on an instrument (I played for about 6 hours once without even realising), and it’s a really fun skill to pick up! Plus with so much free time there’s never been a better moment to finally devote yourself to it – and once lockdown is over you can force all your friends to listen!
2. Get crafty.
I’m not going to lie, I suck at crafts. I would so love to be somebody who could embroider and make cute outfits for myself but I just don’t think it’s in my nature, and I definitely don’t have the patience for it. However, if you’re someone who finds crafting really relaxing then there’s no better time to get into it!
Whether it’s painting, embroidery, scrapbooking or any other thing your little crafty heart desires, it’s the perfect way to fill your days with something soothing that’s actually pretty productive too. If you’re fortunate to be in isolation with other people then you can also get them involved and have craft sessions together – you could even make it into a competition to see whose will turn out the best!
3. Try podcasting.
I got to do a little bit of podcasting for my degree, and I loved it so much more than I thought I would. You get to spend as long as you want talking about whatever you want, and the time just flies. Something like Vurbl Podcasts* is the perfect place to start – you can read their posts to get an idea of the kind of podcast you’re into, and you will soon be able to upload your own podcast to the site!
A lot goes into making a podcast – it’s not just the recording but also the research and editing. You can start one with your friends or on your own if you’d prefer – you don’t even need to be in the same house to record a podcast! It’s a really fun way to get creative that will last long after the lockdown.
4. Write something.
Seriously, anything. Be it a journal, blog, poetry or even a book, writing is one of the best uses of your time – especially in a situation like this. You can write about how you’re feeling, which can be especially therapeutic, or just write about things you love and that make you happy.
You absolutely don’t have to share anything you write, but it’s a great way to lose yourself for a little while and forget about all the crazy that’s going on right now. As you’re writing for yourself you don’t have to stress about deadlines, you can just enjoy the process and write whenever the inspiration takes you.
5. Re-organise your space.
Sometimes all you need to brighten your day is a layout change – if your space is cluttered it can really negatively affect your mood. It is spring, so there’s no better time for a deep clean. You can move furniture around, or even craft something that you can use for decoration!
This is also the perfect time to go through your wardrobe and declutter, maybe even colour coordinate if that’s your thing. You can have a lot of fun with it, trying on everything and even turning it into a fashion show! Plus you can save any pieces you’ve decluttered to donate to charity once lockdown is over.
6. Get in the kitchen.
As I’m sure you all know by now, nothing relaxes me like cooking. There’s no better time than right now to try out all those cooking books you’ve bought but never used (please tell me it’s not just me), and you can even get into the trickier stuff like making your own sourdough starter for bread making!
If you’re more into baking than you are cooking, then why not get the household together to bake something like cookies or cupcakes and then have a decorating competition! If you bake enough (and you’re well and healthy), you can also leave some on the doorsteps of your neighbours which is sure to brighten someone’s day.
I hope you guys enjoyed this post, and found at least one way to get a little productive during lockdown whilst still having fun. Stay safe, stay home and I’ll see you next time.
*Although this is a sponsored post, all thoughts and opinions are my own. Read more in my disclaimer.