A change in routine, much less human connection and creative job opportunities all but drying up- we get it, it can be really hard to get that creative fire in your belly going again! Check out MY tips below for helping to get those creative juices flowing again while in lockdown!
1. DON’T BE AFRAID TO DO NOTHING AT FIRST
Know that it’s okay to just let go for a bit. Sometimes a creative block comes from the pressure you feel to achieve something. Allow yourself to do nothing for a while, give your body and mind a rest and time to take in the ‘new normal’ and you may unwittingly lift a weight that’s been stopping you from feeling inspired. Don’t spend too long in this phase though- know that there is no perfect time- just get started!
Fallow your dreams, and make some notes, exercises and do some meditation it helps you relax and it take you away from anxiety.
2. SET ASIDE THE SAME AMOUNT OF TIME TO BE CREATIVE EVERY DAY
Sometimes it can feel like you never have time to be creative. There is always something else to do- particularly when working from home and surrounded by fifteen thousand different distractions. By practicing discipline and setting aside the same amount of time EVERY DAY for being creative, you are treating it with the same importance as you would with any other commitments. No excuses!
In my case, I love drawing and painting you can follow me on @artsyillustration_
3. SET YOURSELF CHALLENGES
If you’re feeling a bit stuck creatively, try setting yourself little challenges. These can give your creativity a direction or purpose and help you to feel more like you’ve achieved something each day- which we think is particularly important when you’re housebound.
Ohhh…! My favourite, I do love a bit of challenge, I make my notes EVRY DAY and seeing that I achieved everything that I wanted to do on that specific day, It really helps you, YOU should definitely try, as we don’t want to be lazy, finding something to do each day, it would it make us forget about the thoughts that we don’t really want….!!!
4. CREATE A MOOD BOARD
We love a good mood board to get the creative juices flowing! This can be done the old fashioned way or by using something like instagram or pinterest to collate all the things that inspire you together in one place.
Here are some of my Mood Board, BE INSPIRED & BE CREATIVE!
5. DON’T BE AFRAID TO UNFOLLOW PEOPLE ON INSTAGRAM
Nothing good ever came from comparing yourself to others. It’s so easy in times like this when you’re cooped up indoors far more than normal to find yourself falling into an instagram rabbithole that usually ends with self comparison and feeling not good enough. Go ahead and unfollow anyone that leaves you feeling unworthy and start to follow more people who inspire you!
Here are some account that are great for inspiration
6. PICK UP A NEW BOOK
If we are lacking inspiration, we love getting stuck into a new book! Try a new genre that you’ve never read before or treat yourself to an artsy book from one of your favourite creators or makers to draw inspiration from.
This are some of my favourite books to read and that I read.
7. GET SOMEONE TO KEEP CHECKING UP ON YOU
It can be easy to slip into a lethargic state when you’re spending so much time indoors. Find someone that you can express your creative ideas and your goals to and then ask them to keep checking up on you and hold you accountable if you don’t make time for it! This can be in person if you are in isolation with them, or even through video chat!
Friends always help, family or even colleagues that you share the same vision & work and so on…
8. COLLABORATE WITH SOMEONE
Collaborating on a creative project with someone else is a great motivator and self isolating shouldn’t stop you from being able to work collaboratively! There are so many outlets online and on social media for this nowadays.
Find someone who also wants a project, share your ideas and get started!
9. DRAW INSPIRATION FROM THE CURRENT CIRCUMSTANCES
We are living in very strange and uncertain times- perhaps use this to inspire your next project?! Have a think about what thoughts and observations you’ve been having about current events and see if there is anything there that you can use!
Make some notes of things that inspires you!
10. TRY AN ONLINE COURSE
There are a whole host of awesome online courses available for when you need a creativity boost.
11. WATCH A DOCUMENTARY
We love a good documentary, so it’s a good thing Netflix is full of them! If you’re feeling uninspired, try and give one a go! Research from your sofa- not the worst thing you could be doing!
I’m gonna share with you some of my favourite Documentaries to watch on Netflix:
1.Franca: Chaos and Creation
2.Jeremy Scott: The People’s Designer
3.Manolo, the Boy Who Made Shoes for Lizards
4.House of Z
5.Casablancas: The Man Who Loved Women
6. Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel
7.The First Monday in May
8.Dior and I
9.The True Cost
10. Iris 2014
12. TRY OUT SOMETHING NEW
If you’ve fallen out of love with a current project, try out a new hobby or creative outlet and see if you can use this in any way in what you’re already doing!
In my case is drawing, creating a still life, which one is yours?
13. USE SOCIAL MEDIA TO EXPRESS YOURSELF
It’s easy to feel disconnected in times of social distancing, but in other ways we are more connected than ever! Creating an online account on a platform like instagram, tumblr, tiktok or pinterest can be a great way to share what you’re working on with others. There are also tons of online forums and social media groups for creatives to share their work and collaborate. Find some of them and see what’s on offer!
That’s why I have my own Blog, which I can write everting that’s inspire me!
14. DON’T BE AFRAID OF THE CHANGE IN PACE
For many of us we’ve had to learn to adapt to a change in pace recently. Try to see the slowing in pace as a small silver lining- many of us are our most creative when we are fully rested and can have time alone with our thoughts without distractions!
Try embracing the extra time and see what comes from it! You may feel a new lease of inspiration!
I hope this helps any of you reading at home who are struggling with finding your creative flow while in lockdown. Don’t forget to share with me on instagram @laratenovici how you’re keeping your creativity going while in lockdown- we love to hear from you!