Many mental health conditions are associated with feelings of being trapped or lost. While in these moments it feels as though you’re completely alone and that no one could possibly understand how you’re feeling, it’s important to remember that you are not alone and not only have other people experienced similar feelings, but many have also returned from these “places” where they feel trapped.
I myself have been through a time like this recently, and the only way I can describe it is feeling like I was drowning. I decided to create an art piece that could help describe how I was feeling. Art can be an incredible tool to use when you’re feeling down, not only to distract your mind, but also to help you understand some of the often confusing emotions. While painting, I realised so many things about my situation that I hadn’t noticed before, and somehow it all started to seem a lot more bearable.
A common misconception is that in order to do art, one must be good at art, but this really isn’t the case. Art is simply taking the time to express yourself whether it be on paper, in model form or an entirely different mode altogether. In taking the time to do something, it allows your mind to take a break from all the confusing aspects of life and really come to terms with the parts of life that are troubling us. It can often help you to understand your own mind better and as a result helps you to figure out what to do next to give yourself the self-love you need. It’s so effective that it has become a form of therapy in itself, which you can find out more about online. We highly recommend doing something artistic to help improve your mood and you can even get friends or family involved too to make it more sociable.
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We challenge you to try out some form of art this week and let us know how it goes on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter!