Painting My Way Through Anxiety

IMG-1104“Pepper Medley” 2019
9×12 oil on canvas panel

They say that depression is when you dwell on the past and anxiety is when you worry about the future. If you struggle with either of these, or even stress, painting can help you manage your symptoms.

My anxiety has been terrible lately…worrying about anything and everything…things that may or may not happen. All the time I spend worrying could be spent so much more productively, and I’m happy to say last week and yesterday I was more productive. I’ve painted three pieces in the past week and when I was painting I noticed something. I wasn’t worrying at all. It’s as if my anxiety disappeared for those several hours, and my anxiety also seemed to be at bay for some time after I was done painting. It’s like painting resets my brain.

I’ve been painting for years and I’ve never noticed the healing power of art as much as I have in the past week. I don’t know if it’s because I’m dealing with anxiety instead of depression for a change or if it’s because my anxiety has been so terrible. Or maybe I just simply noticed something I haven’t paid attention to in the past.

All I know is that I think this is my newfound motivation for staying on a painting schedule. The fact that I can dwindle away my anxiety to nothing is a big motivator!

Painting has always helped relax me, especially when I’m stressed. But what has happened over the last week is just amazing to me. If you are struggling, give painting a try. It may prove to help you too.

3 thoughts on “Painting My Way Through Anxiety”

  1. I agree, Lori! A good solid painting schedule helps me deal with my anxiety too, it’s such great therapy and here’s an additional tip: if you use a good daylight bulb as well, to light your studio, THAT will also help lift your mood, especially during the winter months! Happy painting and nice work, btw! 🙂

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