10 lockdown activities to inspire creativity

It’s day 376 since the community quarantine started (at least here in the PH) and here we are again, back to square one. Most urban cities are in lockdown again and people are gonna be stuck at home again for heaven knows how many days. But instead of sulking and being mad about this seemingly never-ending nightmare, let’s just focus our energy on happy things. Because now, more than ever, we need to be more creative to avoid boredom and keep our sanity at bay. There’s a lot of things that my creative side has worked on in the past year, and here are 10 lockdown activities you can do to inspire creativity. 

1. Make a bullet journal. Writing is a great therapy for many people, and I am one of them. Travel plans may have been cancelled but hey, that virtual wine session via Zoom with your friends is something to remember. You have gotta write down how to make dirty horchata because dalgona is so 2020. Unleash that creativity you have within. Maybe you do not have the best handwriting in the world but who cares? Well, actually, if you really care about that, you can check out some fancy fonts online and just create your own bujo stickers.

2. Start blogging. If you’re not a pen and paper type of person and you prefer a much modern way of expressing yourself and your creativity, then maybe it’s time for you to start blogging. I started blogging in 2014 and it has become the avenue of my thoughts until now. Write about the last Netflix show you watched or the last book you read and make virtual friends that share your interest!

Yep, this is my first blog header.

3. Create a Youtube channel. Okay, this one is pretty intimidating. Well, kind of. I never imagined myself being a Youtuber only because I’m camera shy… but here I am with 22 subscribers in my 0-year-old vlog. It’s mainly unboxing videos and I really have to be creative and come up with ways on how I can keep my face from the camera. Film the sunrise in your room. Or a time-lapse of you organizing your closet. Let your creative juices ooze. 

4. Discover new recipes. Being creative isn’t just about art—I mean, there’s also art in cooking, right? Who would have thought that roasted chicken, avocadoes, slices of tomatoes, diced cucumber and red onion, lettuce, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, plus salt and pepper tastes heaven? This recipe must have been existing somewhere, but the point is, your creativity can lead you to some more yummy treats, right? 

5. Learn basic photography. There’s a lot of tutorials on this in the Youtube University, especially now that digital and smartphone photography is a thing. Take photos of the food with the recipe you just discovered. Get snapshots of your best bullet journal spread. Get that creative ball rolling and tell a story thru pictures!

6. Learn a new language. Oh yes, this is one of the few things that made me proud of myself. Learning Hangul felt like a requirement when I got introduced to the world of Kpop, and it was the best thing that ever happened to me. At first, it’s intimidating and I had to be creative in making conversations in my head to better understand how the language works, but if you really put your heart into it, you’d be able to say 안녕하세요, 날씨가 좋네요 to a cute oppa in no time.

7. Organize your room. Decluttering is another therapeutic activity, along with organizing your room and making way for aesthetics. Place some colorful curtains for a different vibe. Paint your walls with a new color, or you can even try to do murals! Allow your artsy side to reign on this project.  

8. Spare a creativity nook. There's a corner in my room I call The Happy Corner, where there are books, Kpop albums, and inspiring words that are supposed to keep me going. Fill the walls with postcards of the places you want to visit when this is all over. Take a quote from your favorite book and create a poster out of it. If you’re not sure how to start on this, check out Design Bundles for tons of affordable digital products such as graphics, templates, mock-ups, patterns, illustrations and craft files.

It took me days to figure out how to install this. Forgive me, it's my first time. 

9. Establish a book club. This is another one of the things that I’m proud of myself for doing during the hard lockdown days. My friends and I started Pages In Between, and our creativity has to go to the next level in order to decide what book to read next. 

10. Write, write, write. As a writer, this is the ultimate comfort activity I do when all else fails. I sit by the window, watch the stars, stare at the moon and write a haiku. Believe it or not, I may be able to produce a compilation of haikus at this rate. It doesn’t have to be romantic or anything. Just write what’s on your head. 

Getting creative is so much fun. It’s the best way to shift your focus into much brighter things. Do you have any more ideas on how to inspire creativity while being stuck at home? Let’s talk about it in the comments below. 


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