Coping with the Pandemic through 100 Days of GIFs: A Creative Journey

For 100 consecutive days, I created and shared one unique GIF each day, with the aim of giving back to anyone following my social media accounts during the pandemic.

In 2020, during the pandemic I created one GIF per day for 100 days.

When the pandemic hit, we all found ourselves struggling with the sudden changes in our lives. We were stuck indoors with too much time on our hands, and our minds were consumed by worries and anxiety about what was going on and how long it would last. It was difficult to find the motivation to be creative or imaginative, even though many of us had more time than ever to create.

I was lucky enough that my design job became more demanding, and I started doing yoga to help me cope with my anxiety. But I still felt like I needed to create something, anything, to set a creative spark. That's when I challenged myself to create one GIF every day for 100 days.

I started with simple ideas and designs, knowing that I could make quick GIFs in a matter of minutes or spend hours perfecting more complex transitions. On days where I was feeling more motivated, I would push myself to experiment and try new things. But on the days where I was down, I would simply write a word and make it wiggle. The important thing was to keep going, to create something every day, and to share it with the world.

I shared my GIFs on Instagram and uploaded them to Giphy, where anyone could find and use them on their stories, posts or videos. My hope was that it would brighten someone's day, even just a little bit. And looking back, I'm proud to say that I made it to 100 days.

Sometimes it's the small everyday things that keep us going, especially during difficult times. For me, it was the act of creating something, even something as simple as a GIF, that helped me cope with the pandemic and stay motivated. If you're struggling to find your own creative spark, I encourage you to challenge yourself to create something every day, even if it's just for yourself. You might be surprised at how much it helps.

Check out my collection of fun and quirky GIFs on Giphy! Click here to see them all and spice up your posts, stories, and videos with some extra personality. You can also find a selection of my GIFs on my Instagram account - just click here to explore and add some fun to your feed.