Being creative

Created on: 17 Apr 2020 | Last modified: 22 Apr 2020

For some, right now will seem busier than ever; for others, it will present time to fill. Either way, it is important to engage, on and offline, in ways that will get us thinking creatively.

Writing down what is going on for you day to day – journaling – is one way to think through and reflect on current times.  Here are some useful tips for journaling.

The EIS has worked with The Scottish Poetry Library in the past and continues to do so.  They host weekly podcasts and newsletters that reflect on their library and other poetry-based materials online.

The Rough Guide to Everywhere  is a podcast series on different aspects of travel, from solo travel to socially responsible photography.  The series offers a glimpse of the world, while we are indoors.

Penguin Books offers some tips to fitting reading into a new daily routine. They will soon launch an online reading resource on their website.

Theatres and museums are providing free screenings of productions and exhibitions to enjoy at home:

Develop circus skills, like juggling and plate spinning at home, with household objects. Visit Kinetic Circus for easy online tutorials, and watch how the professionals, Casus Circus, do it.


The BBC provides advice and links to developing music knowledge and playing skills, whether your interest is the piano, guitar, or becoming a DJ.


There are lots of websites sharing ideas on arts and crafts to do at home.  Here are some that offer easy ideas using things you are likely to have lying around the house: Listotic and 5-Minute Crafts. The Guardian has published an article on recycling clothes and jewellery at home. Bored Panda has published a list of upcycling ideas with items around the home.