I spent the majority of 2019 focused on one major creative outlet: comedy. I took a sketch writing class at the end of 2018, and transitioned into studying and watching improv comedy throughout 2019 and part of 2020. While it was an incredibly fun and rewarding experience, and others have still been able to create laughter in new, out-of-the-box yet still socially distant ways, for me, it also did not translate well to remote practice in quarantine.
Without comedy, I looked to other ways to explore my creative interests. This blog and my various craft projects, which I’ve written about before, are only a few examples of newfound creative outlets. I’ve additionally turned to some new apps to explore my artistic side further – read about them below!
One bad mental habit that I often fall into accidentally is spiraling.
You know the like: if I don’t finish this problem set, then I won’t understand the material, and if I don’t know the material, I’ll fail the exam, and if I fail the exam, I’ll fail the class, and if I fail the class, I’ll fail out of school, and if I fail out of school, I’ll be saddled with thousands of dollars of debt without an degree, blah blah blah…
This habit can become very stressful very quickly, and is almost never productive or useful. It’s truly just a waste of time and energy!
As hard as I try, I can’t stop my spiraling thoughts entirely – but I can become more aware of when they pop up and work hard to fend them off. I’ve learned some of these tactics in therapy, and tried others based off of my own research on the internet – read about them below!