CONNECTING WITH CREATIVITY DURING COVID 19
We have been working hard behind the scenes to connect with our customers creatively during the physical isolation of our governments advice and enforcement during this global pandemic. As we are all minimising going out, reviewing our daily lives, discovering zooming and moving towards spending more time indoors, I have filmed some jewellery workshops for you to watch in the comfort of your own home. Each step by step workshop project is available as a kit.
After years of stress, from deadlines, peak hour traffic, and simply just living a western lifestyle, it is hard for most of us to switch off. We are more connected then ever with technology which brings it’s own form of stress. We are constantly switched on. I believe even when I think I am switched off and relaxed, I still have subliminal stress. If you’ve never managed to master the art of meditation, there are other ways to train your mind to be still, such as craft. It is not surprising that crafting has health and wellness benefits. I would call, the “rhythms of making” which is soothing and conducive, a state of “flow”. This engagement of busy hands and a focussed mind allows worries and stresses to dissipate. There are all sorts of other benefits people report along with the latest scientific research. It also helps with self-esteem, clearing head space and is a great detox from our digital world. Connectedness to tradition and intergeneration’s were also reported benefits in the latest American Academy of Neurology report on crafting.
For some you may wish to be inspired and pick up a few technical tips using your own stash of beads at home to create your own designs.
Many of us are already in self-isolation and it requires a lot of self-discipline. Research shows that having busy creative hands is calming and soothing. So, in these uncertain times start a DIY project, find an online course, crank up the music and keep your hands and mind busy.
There are other ways to calm your mind from doing jigsaw puzzles, dancing, growing vegetables and listening to music or a podcast. Find the silver-lining, discover moments of joy and find new ways to connect with yourself and others. Find your zone and make it a habit before we join the rat race again!
In the meantime, we hope you and yours stay well.