Globally we are all experiencing lockdown in some way or another. It’s certainly a weird time for most of us and worrying as well. I feel privileged to be able to stay at home with my husband but of course, at times I have my down days and anxious moments. Over the past 2 weeks, I have stayed as proactive as possible and worked on lots of creative things. Keeping busy has really helped my mental health and has given my days purpose, making them more positive overall. In this blog post, I have listed 5 Creative Ways To Stay Positive during this lockdown. I hope it inspires you to feel good regardless of the current situation, we will get through this.
It goes without saying that sewing has been my goto through all of this. I have been getting back into sewing over the past year anyway, but now more than ever it has been a form of escapism for me. Being able to put all my digital devices down to focus on the process of sewing something is very therapeutic. Being able to only focus on the task at hand means my mind isn’t scatty and it’s a great mindfulness practice.
If you have a sewing machine I highly suggest downloading a digital pattern PDF like Tilly and the Buttons or Deer & Doe. Also, lots of fabric shops are still able to dispatch fabrics, like Sew Me Sunshine. Get yourself some projects to start sewing, or if you are already a sewist then why not plan some projects. I know we can’t fully enjoy spring but you could start work on your Summer wardrobe. By the time lockdown ends I want to have a full summer wardrobe!
Again, this is great if you have a Cricut, or are able to treat yourself to one, then this would be a great time to do so. You can use up scrap vinyl you have saved and up-cycle things around the home. How about adding Easter themed designs to old mugs, or create paper flowers for a wreath. There are lots of ways you can use your Cricut to make lovely things for the home. I have a new video on my YouTube channel with 4 easy beginner Cricut Joy tutorials.
One of my favourite downtime hobbies is scrapbooking. I love doing this when I am on holiday from work or usually over Christmas. This would be a great time to get some photos printed and scrapbook lovely memories. When do we ever have time to sit and reflect over lovely memories, family time and friendships? Scrapbooking can be a great practice of gratitude whilst also keeping your hands and mind busy.
Make TikTok Videos
I know I’ve found myself really enjoying TikTok if you haven’t already I highly recommend downloading it. It has filled my days with fun and laughter and great moments of joy when endlessly scrolling fun video content. It’s a very light-hearted app that doesn’t take itself too seriously. What’s even better is anyone can post, you don’t have to know how to edit videos or be a ‘content creator’ to make them. Download it and have a see for yourself.
Try a New Look
Another thing I did this week was to change up my hair colour. I ordered some semi-permanent pink colour from Amazon, the Live Ultra Colour in Shocking Pink. As my hair has lightened ends but dark roots I knew I would get a kind of ombre pink effect and I am so happy with how it turned out. I added one box of colour into conditioner and left it to soak for about half an hour. Not only do I love my hair but it feels healthier to having soaked it in a conditioner mask.
If you can try new hair then go for it, it’s a nice way to make you feel good. As well as this then maybe experient with some makeup looks for fun. I have so many palettes I haven’t used in a while so I am hoping to try out some fun looks I wouldn’t usually try.
Overall I think it’s a great idea to try to stay positive and proactive during these hard weeks. It’s not always easy to find motivation when life feels challenging and weird. If you can set yourself little creative projects each day it will give you a sense of purpose and also something to look forward to. If you do any of the above then make sure to share them with me on social media, I would love to see! Take care and stay well.