Creativity and Mental Health

The word that I like to use when someone asks me what art means to me is therapy. That is the first word that comes to mind. I am working on it and have improved, but I am the kind of person that likes to run away, hide, escape when I don’t want to face something. Art is the outlet that I use to bring out my vulnerabilities, to just let go.

Just let everything out on the paper/canvas/screen. It is a blank slate. Fill it up with whatever you want. There are no judgments, no rules. It is just you, your feelings and your art. It reminds you that you can get through the difficult moments, it just frees your mind.

Channel your energy, your thoughts, the darkness, the bad, the tough, the broken into something beautiful, something colorful, something that you can turn to let it all out. Turn your story, that part of you into a creation. Something that you can’t use words to express, express by turning that into artwork.

So many people come up to me and say how can this be therapeutic when I can’t draw? Everyone can draw. There is no good or bad, right or wrong, skilled or unskilled, talented or untalented in art. Creativity is about what you create, the journey the process you go through to get to the final piece, how much of you you pour into the creative process. 

So go create something, pour out those feelings, you will feel so much better. 

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