Taking Care of Your Creative Life in the Midst of a Pandemic

It feels excellent to call you “pal” these days, doesnt it? When the world appears to be facing so much confusion and division, its nice to have a buddy. I hope you feel the same.

I have two articles Im working on right now for you, however neither appears right to share at this precise minute. Im feeling a bit … tired these days.

These days, I seem to be going through a personal renaissance, re-thinking who I am, what I do, and my contribution to the world. I tend to do this every now and then– my good friend Casey calls it “cocooning” and states creatives tend to do it more regularly than “typical people.” So take that for what its worth.

During this time, nevertheless, I still have work to do, costs to pay, mouths to feed, and my own health to think about. And I keep running into other authors, artists, and imaginative specialists who appear to be battling with the exact same thing:

How do you look after yourself when the world seems to, in some methods, be stalling and, in other ways, changing a lot? What does nurturing your innovative life in a pandemic actually look like?

Well, I assemble a list. Here are the routines and practices that have helped me throughout this time with a couple of links and recommendations to resources that you might discover practical also:

Feeling all the sensations. Just movement and music help a lot with letting the emotions out.

Walking. I might call this a lot of things: running, treking, moving your body. However the truth is that this simple practice of moving my legs back and forth has been the single crucial routine for my imaginative and mental health lately. Every early morning, nearly without exception, I go for a walk for an hour or more or 3. Yes, it requires time, but its a simple way to exercise, procedure things Im going through, and think of innovative work. I constantly come back from my walks, breaking with concepts. If youre searching for a difficult however brief continue reading why walking is so crucial, have a look at Thoreaus essay on the topic; it was the last thing he composed prior to he passed away, and in it, he claims to have strolled four to 6 hours daily. It made me feel not so guilty for my hour or more invested at the park each morning.

Actually, my practice is to sit on a park bench and look around without requiring it or looking at my phone every five seconds.

Yes, we all have to consume to live; but I like preparing an intricate meal even just for myself or often a pal whos visiting. Cooking is an art kind to me, and Ive enjoyed spending hours in the kitchen area, in some cases after the kids have gone to bed– not to eat it however to simply experience the act of making something. I likewise like figuring things out in the kitchen; its a kind of analytical for me and one that challenges another side of my creativity.

Listening to friends. It most likely comes from being a shy kid who felt like he had to perform his way into people loving and accepting him. When was the last time you called a good friend and just listened to what was going on in their life?

Viktor Frankl said the key to a meaningful life is to have work to do, a redemptive view of your pain, and somebody to enjoy. Whether thats a canine or kids or a partner, youve got to be able to focus your loving energy on somebody else. This is the most enhancing part of being a human being, and for me, my biggest experience in loving another is as a papa: taking care of my kids, creating brand-new and meaningful memories for them, and simply doing enjoyable, silly things together.

Working on what matters. With all this sharing about self-care and reading and cooking and other tomfoolery, you may be questioning: What about work? What Ive focused on in this season of work are the fundamentals. What needs to get done to move my company forward? I do that first, then focus on my family and myself, and if theres still area left over, I hang out working on a brand-new imaginative job. This, for me, truly feels like a season of standing firm and continuing, not so much hyper-growth. I know thats not true for everyone, but it feels right for me. Focus on the basics in the meantime, as the cocoon begins to grow; modification is coming.

Thats whats keeping me sane. Whats helping?

It feels great to call you “pal” these days, doesnt it? Im feeling a bit … tired these days. It made me feel not so guilty for my hour or 2 spent at the park each early morning.

Reading books from various authors. With all thats taking place in America concerning race relations, Ive been reading from a more diverse set of authors, because Im ashamed to state that my bookshelf has not normally consisted of numerous non-white authors. Reading constantly nourishes me but listening to voices who share experiences and perspectives unlike my own difficulties my imagination.

It probably comes from being a shy kid who felt like he had to perform his way into individuals caring and accepting him. I understand thats not true for everyone, but it feels right for me.

Getting a great nights sleep. This is so important, and Ive been awful at it for most of my life considering that college. But Im no spring chicken anymore and if I get a couple of bad nights of sleep, I begin to get ill. If youve fought with this yourself, may I suggest two books: Why We Sleep and Shawn Stevensons Sleep Smarter.

Writing and reading poetry. I have actually fallen back in love with the art of poetry given that quarantine began, and Ive grown a lot through this imaginative expression. Its been actually fun. Two books I love reading over and over are called Every Word You Can not Say and Essential Poems from the Staying Alive Trilogy. Ive been writing and sharing a lot of poetry on my Instagram account.

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