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.
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:
- Take some time out for yourself, even if half an hour, to do something that you LOVE.
- 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!
- 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.
- 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.
- If you find it boring, put it away and get back to it only when you feel like it.
- 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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