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Constraint and Creativity

COVID-19  has dramatically changed the structure of our everyday lives with orders of social distancing, curfews, quarantines, lockdowns, and more. This can feel scary and overwhelming because life as you know and are used to has changed. 

However, it’s important to know that constraint enables some of the best creativity. Many studies have shown that human creativity benefits from constraints. We’re able to see things that we may not have seen when we are in routine. Additionally, the act of creating is good for your resilience and your stress levels, too, because creating something new is a hopeful act. 

We know Kenyans are innovative!

Explore new ways of doing what you normally do. When you have less to work with, you actually begin to see the world differently and explore ways to make your life or work better. Maybe you’re used to making dinner a certain way but can’t find the right ingredients to make it the way you normally do. What might be a good replacement? How can you take the ingredients you have and make something new? Maybe you have a hobby you cannot currently do because of social distancing — what else gives you the same feeling, without going outside? Maybe it’s a good time to try something new! 

How do you get started in being creative or changing your way of being?  Simply think of something in your life that has been impacted by COVID-19 and question yourself — why do I do this in this particular way? Who showed me or taught me how? What can I do differently with what I have and achieve a similar feeling?

In this process of creativity and experimentation, it may not turn out perfectly or as you imagine. But do not worry — it’s the act of trying it that’s good for your brain. And who knows what interesting things may emerge. 

Stay safe and healthy out there.

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