While lockdown restrictions are being eased, life is yet to return to normal for many people. So, if you’re looking for activities to inspire creativity in yourself and others, here are some suggestions.
Even if you’ve never written before, or the last time you wrote anything creative was at school, you can still write. A great way to get started is to free write. Just sit down with a pen and notebook and write whatever comes to mind. The purpose isn’t to create a poem or a logical story, but to get the words down, until you have nothing left to say. You can go back at a later date and pick out words, lines or paragraphs you want to keep and expand on.
Go for a Walk
If you’re like most people, you probably know your local area better than you did before. Even the nicest walking areas will have lost some of their inspiration. However, as restrictions are lifted and you’re able to travel a little further, you can start to visit new places, or those you haven’t been to in a while.
Start a Podcast
Everyone has something they can talk about, and podcasts are popular at the moment. You might not attract thousands of listens, but it will help you connect with people, while inspiring others as you discuss subjects you feel passionate about. You can also bring on guests to make your episodes different each time.
Teach a Course
If you have the knowledge and experience in a particular topic, there are websites where you can upload and sell your own courses. You’ll need to be comfortable recording yourself and have an in-depth knowledge, but if you’re excited about what you’re teaching, that can inspire learners. When advertising your course, you can attract attention by using eye-catching images, and using fancy fonts online.
Learn a New Skill
If teaching isn’t for you, you could get inspired by learning a new skill or language. If you look on websites such as Eventbrite, you’ll find free and paid courses, webinars and other events. Before normality finally resumes, make the most of whatever extra time you have at home.
Join a Group
Speaking to other people with a shared interest, and exchanging ideas and experiences, can inspire and be inspiring at the same time. Because many of these groups are online rather than in person, you can (virtually) meet people from all around the world, who you wouldn’t have had the chance to meet before.
Create Your Own Diet Plan
I doubt I’m the only one who has let the diet slide during lockdown. If you’re looking to lose the excess weight too, why not be creative and come up with your own diet plan? Note to self: this should not include crisps for breakfast and cake for lunch.
Liven up Your Home and Reuse Old Household Items
If you’re fed up with looking at the same boring furniture and painted (or wallpapered) walls, then do something about it. Get online and research all the ways you can upcycle your furniture, or change the appearance of your rooms in simple but effective ways.
Knitting is good for improving your mental health, and keeping your feet warm – if you can learn to make woolly socks. If you find yourself inspired, you may also progress to making jumpers, stuffed toys and anything else you can think of. These can make thoughtful presents too.
Start a YouTube Channel
If you find yourself inspired by any of these suggestions and want to inspire others, a YouTube channel is the perfect platform to share your writing, or any of your wonderful creations or knowledge. If you get enough views, you can make money at the same time.
Hopefully, you’ve been inspired by this blog post. I’d love to hear about some of the creative things you’ve tried.