Creativity In A Time Of Crisis

@hillergoodspeed artwork 

We’re in the grips of a global pandemic. This crisis is something we’ve never experienced in our lifetimes. We’re navigating our work and personal obligations in a very new, uncertain way. A silver lining is that with all this newness, there will inevitably be a lot of creativity. So many businesses and individuals are coming up with innovative ways to share their knowledge and skills. It’s been the thing giving me hope—seeing so many people come together through creativity.

I’m inspired by how people are shifting their work to be more accessible online. Musicians are playing live shows on IG Live; gyms are sharing free workout classes, authors are reading stories online, artists are doing free art lessons. We’re having to be resilient and think about how we can do more things from home. In a lot of ways, we’re more connected than ever, even while being alone.

Creativity at-home

I suppose the notion that boredom breeds creativity is true. I know I tell my kids that all the time (much to their dismay). Even if you’re working in a creative career, this may be an ideal time for you to work on a passion project. Take advantage of having more downtime!

Here are a few tips for getting started:

  • Be open-minded: This is where I’m practicing my creativity the most. I’ve been frustrated that I’m working in a creative career, but don’t have the mental bandwidth to be creative right now. The busyness of working from home with my husband and two children leaves little time for me to explore new passions. That’s when I decided to look at my creativity differently. During this time, I’m focusing on the creative ways I’m navigating my day and my family’s various needs. It may not be the kind of creativity I’m used to prioritizing, but it’s crucial during this time. I wrote about it in more detail on my Instagram.
  • Allow time for play: Once again, this isn’t something many of us have time for (myself included), but as the restrictions for staying inside are getting stronger and longer, I feel like I’m going to have to keep readjusting my schedule. I can’t spend three months indoors and never make time for some play. Just like we’re making time for our kids to get outside and do more arts and crafts, we should be doing the same for ourselves. I’m going to try to schedule one night a week that I call my “Fun Time.” This time can be anything from drawing, crafting, an online happy hour with friends, really anything that breaks the monotony of my busy schedule right now. I hope that from these activities, a spark of inspiration may arise!
  • Create space: My last tip is to create a space in your home for creativity. I’ve talked about the Bliss Station before. I think that is ideal during a time like this (even if your entire family is using it right now). Designate a spot in your home that you and your family can use for creative projects. I believe that the simple act of creating the space is a great reminder to make time for arts and crafts, reading, etc.

P.S. Even though I’m finding comfort in seeing so much creativity, I also realize that for many of us, it’s the last thing on our minds. It’s OK if you don’t feel like making stuff and simply can’t bring yourself to do much of anything. Right now, the most important thing is you are staying healthy and taking care of yourself!

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Author: Taylor Sterling

Taylor Sterling is the founder and creative director of Glitter Guide. When she's not working on all things GG, she can be found reading and sometimes art directing photoshoots for @LolaJayne. She enjoys spending time with her family and eating french fries (not necessarily at the same time, although that's definitely the best combination). Follow her at @TaylorSterling