The monotony of being stuck at home can take a toll in a lot of ways—mentally, physically, and emotionally. It’s highly likely that you’ve found yourself stuck in a rut creatively since the beginning of social separation, a feeling you undoubtedly share with countless others. Fortunately, it’s easy to increase your inspiration and imagination without leaving your house. Here are four ways to get your creative juices flowing.
- Write in a Journal
The benefits of journaling for mental health are vast and varied. Writing down your thoughts can help reduce stress and anxiety, improve outlook and boost creativity. Challenging yourself mentally with fun and interesting journaling prompts can help your imagination travel far beyond your home. You can write about things you aspire to our hope for, such as the places you would like to go or things you would like to do. You can immerse yourself in hypotheticals, such as a conversation you would have with a historical figure or with your younger self. Or you can really challenge your creativity and make something up! You walk into a coffee shop about to meet your long-lost twin. What happens next?
- Make Something with Your Hands
There are only few things more satisfying or gratifying than creating something with your hands. And while many people might not have the time to sit down and make something on a regular basis, social separation may have given you some time to spare. The best part: There are countless things you can make without any artistic or design skills. You can knit, cross-stitch, needlepoint, scrapbook, or even cook! Any activity in which you start with separate raw materials and transform them into a completed product is going to give you an unrivaled sense of gratification and accomplishment, plus boost your enthusiasm to inspire you to create even more.
- Learn a New Skill
Similar to making something with your hands, learning a new skill can stretch you mentally and physically in ways that will nourish your creative self. A new skill can be purely mental: Learning how to speak a new language, how to play a new board or card game, or how to code or use spreadsheets. Or it can be something physical, like learning a new yoga pose, how to waltz, or any of the activities above. Feeling stuck at home can make your mind start to feel stagnant, and by challenging it to learn something new will help you quickly snap out of your funk.
If you feel like you don’t have the mental energy to engage your brain further, why not try turning your brain off? Moving your body can do wonders to boost your creativity—exercise gives your mind a break, plus prompts the release of mood-boosting brain chemicals and increases energy levels, so when you need to attack a task that requires creativity, you’ll feel rejuvenated and ready to do so. Try going for a walk or run around your neighborhood, completing some basic bodyweight movements like squats and pushups, or if you live in a Power For Life Fitness apartment building, taking a virtual group fitness class with us!
How are you nourishing your creative self during social separation? Tell us about it by tagging us, @powerforlifefitness in your story on Instagram or Facebook!