by Glynis Becker

I have never thought of myself as an “artist”, but I’ve begun to learn that creativity comes in many, many forms. I sincerely believe that human beings are created to create. We are at our best–mentally, physically, and emotionally–when we are productive, both at work and in our hobbies, as we add value to the world around us through our unique gifts and perspective.

The last eighteen months (or more) have sapped many of us of our inspiration. Who has time to dabble with a hobby when the world feels like it’s on fire? But on the other hand, isn’t a distraction the perfect thing to get our minds off the things we can’t control? 

I’ve become a great believer in what I like to call low-risk creativity. These are ways to busy the hands, focus the mind, turn on the creative spigot, and boost your mood. They are projects or hobbies that have very little financial investment on the front end and if the experiment goes awry, there isn’t much to lose.

Wonder why sourdough bread baking become popular during quarantine? If you killed a sourdough starter you were only out a few cups of flour, some water, and a little effort. But if you learned to bake a killer loaf of bread? Well, everyone’s inviting you to their parties–and asking you to bring the carbs.

What about jigsaw puzzles? You aren’t producing anything from scratch — the puzzle creators did that for you— but spending a couple of hours with your family chatting, binging a podcast or an audiobook, or listening to music and completing a fun puzzle is a low-risk accomplishment. If you don’t finish, it doesn’t really matter, but what if you end up gaining a deeper connection to your family, learning something new from a book, or solving that problem you’d been thinking about unconsciously? Hurray!

Every person should be able to find one or two (or ten) things that could be enjoyed as a low-risk creative outlet, not just to pass the time, but to make them feel happier.

So, if you’re still thinking you don’t like to bake or puzzles make you crazy, what about doodling? Coloring? Creating a spreadsheet? Origami? Paper airplanes? String art? Knitting? Container gardening? Crosswords? Whittling? Solitaire? Card tricks? Juggling? The internet is overflowing with great ideas.

So if you’re restless or in a slump, I encourage you to find something, anything, that helps you feel creative. The world needs you and your art!

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