This year, my theme is: What to Pack on Your Creative Journey.
When I picked that theme several weeks ago, I didn’t know how appropriate it was going to be. With less travel, for a while, this is a great time for a metaphorical vacation. If more of us are spending time at home, a deep dive into creativity will be just the thing to reduce stress and increase vitality.
I shared the article 7 science-based strategies to cope with coronavirus anxiety in my post yesterday, where I talked about how strategies #1 and #2 are working for me, including my process for handling anxiety.
Creative projects are a terrific method for Strategy #6, strengthen self-care.
I’m looking forward to the month of April when I’ll encourage every one to engage in creative work as a way to take control of something when there’s so much uncertainty. We will all be mentally and emotionally healthier if we can sustain some creativity at this time.
Write a poem or screenplay or novel. Doodle flowers or paint with oils. Choreograph a dance. Put on a show and record it for YouTube. Sing a song or compose one.
Let’s take a creative journey in April. I’ll provide the packing list.
Since some of us are going to want to start our creative journeys today, I’m going to jump in with a head start and some resources.
First, a graphic of creative ideas from Australia.
Next, some resources to get started on a creative project:
- Your local library e-resources. If you have a St. Louis County Library card, the library’s courses page features Creativebug (1000 art & craft video classes), a variety of online courses for career and academic advancement, and Mango Languages for learning another language.
- YouTube, Pinterest, and TED Talks — just remember that browsing about a creative project and doing a creative project are two different activities. The second one is more fun, once you get into it.
- Paper and pens and pencils. This is a good time to experience some unplugged time and let your brain pour out its thoughts. Try writing lists, making mind maps, or freewriting
What can you add to that list of resources to push people onto a creative path, right now?