29 Apr Hey boredom!
First of all, I want to clarify one thing: doing nothing is a perfectly legitimate way to spend time. Having fun (by playing video games, browsing Instagram stories or watching The Simpsons chapters you know by heart) is not a waste of time.
I deal with the anxiety of the quarantine by being busy, by learning and working (especially drawing) all the time, but that does not mean that this is the way to go. Each one relaxes in its own way and all the options are correct, so choose how you want to spend your time and don’t feel guilty for doing either too little or too much.
That being said, here are some of the things I’ve done these days:
It’s always nice to learn a new skill, and for those who don’t have time to enroll in long courses or attend classes, Domestika courses are a lifesaver. I have completed a pair of courses that I bought months ago but had not been able to start. Now, they have also opened a section of free courses to watch during the quarantine and there is something for everyone. Highly recommended!
Catch up on the to-read book pile
Honestly, it was hard for me to focus at first, but
since I am really stubborn I didn’t give up and in the end I made some progress. Another fun idea? Buy the same book (or ebook) with your group of friends and then discuss it with them as you go along. Another option are audiobooks, but I cannot comment much on the subject since I have not yet tried them.
Create just for fun
I’m learning to separate drawing for work from drawing for myself. One way is to use techniques that I don’t normally use or that I haven’t used for a long time, like ink or watercolors. Another way is to change places (for example, drawing on the terrace or in the dining room instead of doing it on the usual workspace) and reward yourself with a cup of tea or some cookies, with music or with a movie to make it more festive. Bonus tip: any chapter of RuPaul’s Drag Race will cheer you up.
In this case, I updated an illustration from years ago with to my current style.
Take care of yourself and your home
It may seem silly but cleaning, tidying up the workspace or the cabinets, cooking more elaborate dishes, taking a long bath or any similar activity makes my mind feel that everything is a little more “in order” and relax. If you live with someone, taking care of them (and letting them take care of you) also makes you feel good, it is a win-win situation.
Work as if my life depended on it
This is probably the least healthy thing I have done these days, but as I said at the beginning I need to be busy with something all the time, and while I am drawing I have less mental space to worry about abstract things. That is precisely why I have tried to alternate work with the previous activities, with light exercise and with quite a few video calls.
I created new illustrated banners for my social networks on the first days.
In short, I haven’t had time to get bored! Again, these are some of the things that have helped me on a personal level. And you? How have you been during the quarantine? Have you learnt new skills, worked hard, or spent time on that much-deserved rest? Tell me on instagram or twitter!