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Published April 16th 2020
Enjoy your time
We're at home, with a lot of time on our hands. So why not make the most of it? Filling the hours with some creative activities is not only engaging but brings multiple benefits - whether they are improved skills, a sense of accomplishment or simply some good food. Perhaps all of the above.
So here are a few ideas on how and where to start exploring your creative talents.
If you're not the first to hit the floor when the music starts at clubs, weddings, parties and other social events, then isolation is a fine time to get practising. From boot scooting to belly dancing and everything in between there are online classes here, here and here. For the widest range of styles though it's hard to beat Youtube, which hosts literally thousands of dance tutorials. Take your pick. A big plus of this idea is that dancing also counts as exercise.
This is the perfect time to try out all those recipes you've collected but never actually created. After all - there's only your nearest and dearest to complain if you fail. If on the other hand you create a masterpiece, you can hit social media with pics of your brilliance. With lots of time available, it's also a great opportunity for making things you've considered too difficult or time-consuming or perhaps make some staples from scratch, such as old fashioned cordial, homemade mayonnaise and biscuits.
They say there's a book in everyone. Or maybe a poem. How about a journal? A magazine article? A movie script? Maybe a non-fiction book on a topic you're expert in? If ever there was a good, uninterrupted time to write, it's now. If you need some help and encouragement, there's plenty online including the Australian Society of Writers, Writers Digest, and multiple free online courses.
The only equipment you need is a smartphone. Make your own movie starring whoever is in the house. Make a video for your kids or grandkids. Make one for your best friend and tell them how great they are. Record your pet's endearing idiosyncrasies for posterity. Create something funny, silly, serious or educational and put it up on Youtube, Vimeo and Tik Tok.
CREATE A MASTERPIECE FOR YOURSELF, YOUR HOME OR GARDEN
A whole new world of craft, creativity and DIY opens up when you look for things to make and do around your home. Using supplies you most likely have around the house you can turn out some amazing things. Here's some ideas for recycled crafts, some enchanting ideas for bird baths, perhaps you'd like to upcycle your wardrobe, make your own paint for use in your projects or try out a new hairstyle.
TAKE PHOTOS (OR BE A BIT CREATIVE WITH THOSE YOU HAVE)
Take photos using just what's around you make a photographic collection. Look at the weather, different rooms, ordinary objects, different perspectives, daily activities such as cooking. See what you can create out of your everyday surrounds.
If you are like most people you have photos everywhere in different formats and storages. Consider collecting and organising them. Make a photo wall, organise some albums, consider all the other ways you can use your photos. You can also have a lot of fun exploring the benefits of photo editors.
Make the most out of being at home and when the world gets back to busy, you can feel good that your time has been well spent.