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Surviving the COVID Crisis as a Creative

Productivity + Personal Development, Watercolor

March 31, 2020

Hey creative friend, how are you doing?

No, but really. How are you? Things are exceptionally out of control lately, and as someone who’s prone to anxiety, it’s tough to navigate this “new normal” especially when there’s no telling how long it will last! Especially when it comes to COVID and creatives, it’s put us all in a tailspin and upended so many plans, launches, events and circumstances for our lives and businesses.

Surviving COVID as a Creative

That said, I wanted to share a little about what’s helping me right now, and pass along a few helpful resources. ☺️

Gratitude

  • It’s ok to wallow, for a little while anyway. One of my favorite quotes says “It’s okay to have a meltdown, just don’t unpack and live there. Cry it out and then refocus on where you’re headed”. I think that’s pretty fair advice for where we are. I’ve had a few setbacks and disappointments in the last week, from needing to reschedule live wedding paintings (aka lost income), to seeing sales drop off a bit, and even my baby shower being cancelled! Initially, it can feel like a sucker punch to the gut. And I know there’s plenty of folks out there dealing with a lot worse. So instead, I’m focusing on counting my blessings and reorienting myself to what I can control. Take a minute, and list out at least ten things that you’re grateful for. And then try to do it again each day. The way it will refocus you is incredibly powerful!

What Can You Actually Control?

  • A really helpful exercise right now would be to divide the things in your life that you can control and those that you can’t. Draw a line down the middle of a sheet of paper, then list them all out. Once you have clarity on what is still within your reigns, choose to take charge of those things. Make a plan. But give yourself grace. It’s ok to feel like the uncontrollable is overwhelming. Allow yourself to feel those feelings, see where you feel them in your body, then remember that feelings are not facts. And just because things feel unmanageable does not mean that everything is. By focusing on the things you can actually make an impact with, you can refocus your energy on making them better!

Break Down the Unmanageable

  • It’s tough when your daily schedule gets thrown off, especially if you’re not used to working from home, or if you’ve had to step back from work and are currently facing temporary unemployment. One thing that can help make things feel more manageable is to at least list out those things you can control (from the last step), or a few things you want to do or improve, and break them down into smaller action items. Ideally, these smaller items can be focused on one day at a time. Oftentimes, overwhelming things seem so daunting because we feel like we can’t get it all done at once. And honestly, we probably can’t. But that’s ok! By breaking things down to manageable chunks and planning out those chunks over the days ahead, you can tackle a lot. My husbands favorite saying? “How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.” I hate that saying, but it’s pretty applicable to the situation we find ourselves in now, huh?

Feed Your Creative Side

  • One of my focuses during this temporary “new normal”, is cultivating my creativity, trying new things with my art, and expanding on my skills. So I’ve turned back to a resource I created in the past – the Weekly Creativity planner! Combined with the last tip about planning out your days and goals, the prompts in the planner can also help you dig down into your creative process. I (obviously) highly recommend taking a look and checking it out! Print it off, make a copy or just use it as a template for your own bullet journal, sketchbook or planner. If you decide to use it, tag me @thiscreativest on Instagram so I can cheer you on!!
  • If you want to explore some fun online courses from the comfort of your home, I always recommend Skillshare and am a member myself! You can use this link to score two free months to get started!

Wishing you all the best, and here for you always!
Ashley


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