Easing anxiety with Art.
It’s no secret that I have been suffering from anxiety more so this year then ever. I always feel like a total dick even talking about it cos I know anxiety well (from my youth) The most frustrating this about having a throat crushing, heart racing panic attack is that I know it’s anxiety – and I still cannot stop it, I just HAVE to go with it.
When you are non-judgmental and kind to yourself about what a “good drawing” is, drawing can be a very calming activity, especially for those of us who get a bit high strung or anxious. (Ahem. )
How to get started, pick up a pen – ignore your inner critic and give yourself permission to create
The best starter – DRAW LINES
I find this exercise really helpful when I want to draw but feel uninspired, unfocused, or overwhelmed. I like to watch the lines appear across the page. I give myself permission to draw as fast or slow as feels good in the moment. Usually if I start out drawing fast and sloppy, after a few minutes I’ll find my lines getting neater and closer together, my breathing slows down, and I can think straight again. I particularly like this one when I feel really anxious. It’s grounding for me.
Here are a few pages from my art journal.