You may or may not have noticed anything funky around here, but I’ve been pretty sick for the past week-ish. It’s super unpleasant up in here, let me tell you. I’ve been finding it hard to get even my bare-minimum to-do list done, much less keep up with any kind of “extra” creative activities. And that’s left me feeling sad and frustrated. I miss filling my time with creative pursuits! But how am I supposed to do that when I’m barely functioning?
Here are a few strategies I’ve been trying to keep myself in a positive mindset. Nothing is a perfect substitute for creating things on my own, of course, but even a knock-off is better than nothing.
LISTENING TO MUSIC.
If I can’t create, I can at least listen to and appreciate the things other people have created. Lots of The Lumineers, The Summer Set, Fall Out Boy, and Imagine Dragons happening over here.
I think this stems from the need for a distraction more than anything, but I’ve watched more movies in the past week than I have in the last six months. It’s fun to lose yourself in a story for a couple of hours–and I like mentally critiquing the actors.
REREADING MY FAVORITE BOOKS.
It’s been a total Harry Potter-thon in my literary world (they NEVER get old, no matter how many times I read them). It’s both a distraction and an interesting exercise–because I know what’s going to happen in the story, I find myself noticing her writing and story structure more. It gives me a greater appreciation for the craft that goes into the books!
Sometimes it’s nice to just let your mind wander. Mine has done its fair share of meandering lately, and as a result I’ve spent time thinking about storylines, concepts, and ideas that I normally wouldn’t let myself focus on. Nothing groundbreaking thus far, but I’m keeping my fingers crossed.
And that’s about it. I’d much rather be writing, photographing, and trying new stuff of course, but a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do. I’m hoping for a full recovery soon, and then I’ll be able to get back at it.
What do you do to improve your mood when you’re sick?