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Creative Ways to Stay Busy During the Covid-19 Lockdown

It's so easy to feel low in these uncertain times, there seems no escaping the scaremongering media, and being in lockdown means a whole lot more time to think (or overthink...). After doing a bit of moping myself I realised just how pointless it was; what good will sulking do?


Looking at this situation from an optimistic perspective, you should use this time to do all of those things you've been putting off for so long or have never had time to do before (hence the creation of this blog, as you may have guessed). I want to share with you all some of the creative and productive ways to stay busy during this lockdown period:


1. GET A PENPAL


There are plenty of websites available to find penpals online. This is a great way to stay social during lockdown. This is also a great time to form a relationship with a penpal as Coronavirus has affected most of the globe; therefore, you will have a common experience to write about if you are stuck for something to kickstart your conversation!


Also, if you are a linguist, find a penpal in a foreign country - practise your linguistic skills!


2. WRITE POETRY


Whether you have experience or not, give poetry a go. Write poetry for friends, for family or for yourself. Poetry is a lovely present for those friends unfortunate enough to be spending their birthday in isolation.


3. GO TO A MUSEUM (FOR FREE)


Not literally of course. Many museums are opening their doors to visitors virtually during lockdown including The British Museum, London, Picasso Museum, Barcelona and The Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam to name but a few.


4. GO TO THE THEATRE (FOR FREE)


The National Theatre are streaming old productions on youtube; a new production every week for one week only.


5. GO TO ANCIENT ROME (FOR FREE)


If you can't go to Rome, let Rome come to you! Take a virtual tour of ancient Rome on this website https://www.il-colosseo.it/en/visita_virtuale_roma_antica.php


6. GET INVOLVED IN THE #artistsupportpledge


Want to sell you artwork as well as supporting other artists like yourself? Get involved in the #artistsupportpledge.


Artists post images of their work, on Instagram which they are willing to sell for no more than £200 each (not including shipping). Anyone can buy the work. Every time an artist reaches £1000 of sales, they pledge to spend £200 on another artist/s work


Visit http://www.matthewburrows.org/artist-support-pledge for more info


7. START A JOURNAL


Lockdown is a time to focus on yourself! Writing down personal problems and ideas is a great way to understand and process them and work out how to approach them.


8. PRACTICE MINDFULNESS / MEDITATION


Again, work on yourself!


9. UP-CYCLE OLD CLOTHES


Bored of your old clothes? Up-cycle them! Re-vamp your wardrobe.


10. START A VIRTUAL BOOK CLUB WITH FRIENDS


A book club is a great way of expanding knowledge as well as staying social. Also, it gives you something more to talk about with friends rather than the details of your increasingly repetitive day-to-day life.


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