How to stay positive during a lockdown.

Ever since the lockdown began, I observed my enthusiasm levels dipping by the day. WIth hubby, too, at home, my schedule went for a toss – Netflix and Amazon playing all day long, gave me zero peace to work on my writing.

I need peace and quiet when I sit down to write. But, with the movies and the web series tempting me, my writing took a back seat. Yes, I lost all self-control and got lazy.

In a week’s time, though, the restlessness began seeping in as I wasn’t indulging in any creative activity that has usually kept me busy and happy–neither writing nor art. That’s when I changed my schedule. Well, how long can one watch TV?

With writer’s block hitting me hard, I turned to art to help me stay afloat, and here’s what I created this month. One drawing per week that took me around 2 to 3 days each to complete. And I enjoyed every moment of creating these pieces. I haven’t done anything like this earlier as I preferred smaller, less complicated designs. But, now I am addicted to it.

I have a few plans up my sleeve (although I know plans never go our way, but, still) that I would like to bring to fruition someday. Until then, I will work on such drawings and reap the benefits–both, creatively and emotionally.

Every artwork is created on an A4 size drawing paper using 0.1, 0.2, 0.5, 0.6, 0.8 mm leads Micropens, and 6B and 8B pencils for shading.

KATHAKALI DANCER:

Art by Shilpa

 

AUM:

Art by Shilpa

 

NANDI:

Art by Shilpa

 

THE BUDDHA:

Art by Shilpa

 

 

Art is a favorite activity, other than writing, and is a sure-shot way to keep my anxiety and boredom at bay.

It also encourages me to get out of my comfort zone and try out something new, something challenging, which not only helps me improve my craft but also brings back my lost enthusiasm and joy.

6 WAYS TO STAY POSITIVE DURING A LOCKDOWN:

  1. Take some time out for yourself, even if half an hour, to do something that you LOVE.
  2. If you can’t think of any activity that might interest you, take a walk down memory lane, to days of your childhood, and try and remember what it was that made you feel alive. Do it now–even if it means playing board games with kids, or dancing to the tunes of your favorite songs, even if you can’t dance. Who is watching, anyway? Everyone’s busy with their gadgets. Dance for yourself!
  3. Pick a new hobby if you are bored of the ones you indulged in up until now. Maybe reading, or drawing; even if you aren’t comfortable doing it, do it. Do it for fun, nothing else.
  4. Start with something simple and do it daily. In the half-hour or even 10 minutes you find for yourself, do that activity–read 2 pages of the book you chose, or doodle whatever comes to your mind, or write a letter to yourself.
  5. If you find it boring, put it away and get back to it only when you feel like it.
  6. Over time, push yourself and make the transition from simple to complicated–read a chapter, make an entire drawing, or write a 1000-word essay.

In a matter of days, observe yourself feeling alive on completing the activity and watch the ennui vanish, slowly and steadily.

Of course, there will be days when you will not want to do anything, at all. Just follow your heart. The urge to indulge in the activity needs to come from within. And it takes a little bit of practice to cultivate the habit, so you will need to be a little bit strict with yourself.

But, do it…do it for yourself, because if you don’t, who will?

 

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De-stressing with art

 

 

 

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13 replies

  1. You are such an incredibly talented artist Shilpa and so true we need to find some time to boost our creativity. It can be anything, I am sure or take a course and writing.

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  2. You are managing quite well I think! The shock of having hubby homes 24×7 is something none of us are used to but I’m glad you managed to find your mojo with your art work. It’s simply stunning and I can imagine how meditative the activity must be .
    Let’s hope this weekend is the last one in captivity because that’s what it feels like now .

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  3. I can feel you dear. I took up A-Z to de-stress. I knew only writing would be able to keep me sane during this time. Initially, I thought of writing ‘love stories’. Wrote couple of them but my mind was so cluttered with the corona thoughts that I changed and started writing on coronavirus. It helped clear the chaos in my mind.
    You are undoubtedly such a great artist. That Buddha you will gift me (or else I will just pick it up from your house). I want to frame it in my house. I even loved that ox. Infact all are good, difficult to choose one.

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  4. That’s a wonderful post. I am sure your walls are already filled with this beautiful art. During lockdown, I am not getting time for my hobbies like earlier. These days, shutting down my office laptop by 5.30 pm itself is becoming a major target. Due to the office work from 7am, exhaustion phase starts at 6 and by 7, cooking starts. But, I seriously want to paint atleast weekly once. May be I will find a way soon.

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    • Thanks, Ramya!
      No, there are no artworks of mine adorning the walls of my home; someday there will.
      I can imagine how busy you must be, with office work and house work. And, yet, your eagerness to find time to paint is commendable. Do it soon!
      I loved the Mandala you made that day. It was beautiful!

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