Welcome! Are you looking for ideas for more pointless distractions?
Then you’re in the right place. Welcome to Haiku Hope!
As part of the Creative Coping Strategies campaign I’ve already introduced ‘Crap Poems’ and ‘Weird Words’ – little tasks for me to get involved in and showcase to you how simple it can be to use imaginative distraction.
Remember your creativity is your own and there are so many things you can do outside of writing it it’s not your thing.
Redecorating a room, dying your hair, trimming and redesigning your beard, reading a new style of book and even taking photos are on the list, and there’s loads more. You’ll find more ideas on the CCS page of the site.
The whole point is that creativity is ready for you in a moment of anxiety or panic. You can have multiple strategies if you need them. Something in your handbag or pocket, something in your dressing table, something saved on your phone – the more places they are ready and waiting the more likely you are to manage better and return to life later feeling less stressed.
And you’re lucky, unlike me you have the option to keep your creativity private. Make whatever you want and then throw it away, pack it away or display it to the world.
If you never tell another soul about it that’s absolutely fine!
Make sure it’s safe, legal and easy to find when you need it and you’re ready to go!
So, the final creative venture I’m going to showcase for silliness is the short and poetically sweet Haiku.
If you’re not familiar, in its very basic form a Haiku is a 3 line Japanese style of poem with only one rule, a syllable count of 5, followed by 7, followed by another 5.
They format is incredibly simple to learn and there are some really memorable ones out there.
My first Haiku is called ‘Succumb’ and came to me when I was listening to music with my child.
I’m a survivor
Destiny’s Child incorrect
Start again Monday
Nothing more than listening to the song and hearing the immortal words…
- Thought that I would fail by now
- But I’m on top
- Thought it would be over by now
- But it won’t stop
Takes me back to a life filled with proving to others that I could be more than the mess I’d become.
It’s something I’m still trying to prove.