Yesterday, I read a post by my blogger friend, Shinjini, about ways to fight anxiety. As I read it, I was transported back to the time when I, too, was battling anxiety and how it had affected every aspect of my life.
It was in 2014 that I started drawing, albeit sporadically.
I didn’t realise then how those art sessions were making me feel happy and less stressed. But, I came alive while making those simple pencil sketches.
It was only in 2018, after my GAD (Generalised Anxiety Disorder) was detected, that I realised I needed art in my life way more than I had imagined.
Last year, when the pandemic hit the entire world and we all went into panic mode over the uncertainty that lay ahead of us, I unconsciously made art my saviour. There was not much else to do except stay indoors and entertain oneself, keep the mind occupied with something positive. And, what better than art to do just that!
Out came my sketch book and my pens and pencils and I began drawing mandala and ink artworks with a lot of detailing, almost everyday. Intricate patterns became my favourite and my art sessions became an important part of my everyday schedule.
Art has that power to transport you into another world—a world where you don’t feel any anxiety or anger about the life around you, where you are focused only on the artwork in front of you. The time you spend on your artwork are, in fact, some of the best moments of your day. Have you experienced it?
It doesn’t need much preparation, really. All you need is a paper, a pen or a pencil and you can just begin.
Doodling is the best way to make a beginning.
Just let the pencil guide you, depict all that your mind conjures and give you a few moments of sheer bliss.
Those few moments when you aren’t thinking about anything frightening are when your mind is at peace. The art that you make gives your mind something positive to think about and that is the best medicine to treat anxiety.
Developing it into a habit will help in the long run and, like me, you won’t realise when art becomes an important part of your survival kit!
I share today some of the artworks in ink that I made last year.
They took a lot of time, but they left me feeling less anxious, less panicky, more peaceful and accepting of life.