Self-care tips for journalists

Tapped-out creatively? Tips for sparking ideas

Well, first of all, if you’re feeling tapped out — that’s OK. We’re all overcome with cases of the blahs. A big part of that is caused by COVID-19, and, unfortunately, that’s not going away soon enough.

But the ubiquitous Zoom that we’ve all been using for work meetings can be a powerful tool, if used properly. I’ve been virtually meeting with a group of science fiction fans that I’ve known for more than 25 years but rarely seen in person. Each time, that’s brightened my week.

Another thing you can do: Stay active by making something creative. Paint a mural on a wall of your house. Or offer to paint one on the wall of a nearby business. Create artwork of your friends’ dogs. My wife, a special ed teacher, spent much of the summer sewing cool masks. She made me a fun comic book-themed mask.

Do something — anything, really — that will allow you to use the creative part of your brain for something other than binge-watching shows on Netflix.  

But you can’t just sit there and wait for this thing to end. It’s lasted five months now, and it ain’t ending anytime soon. It’s up to you to make sure these five (or 10 or 15) months aren’t just wasted time.

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