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Art as (Additional) Therapy = Coping

Continued Thoughts on Art Exploration and Coping (Joyful Journey Pt. 2)

I’ve been meaning to write this blogpost for a while because art has really been an important outlet and therapy this past while as I’ve continued to try to cope and navigate with life’s stressful and uncertain situations. It’s become a comfort, an escape, an outlet and a salvation for my stress that I can count on to get through whatever else comes my way. There’s truly not enough I can say about how grateful I am to be doing art again, and the beneficial powers of creating, and how it can soothe the soul after a stressful day. just for myself that soothes the soul after a stressful day.

It’s at these times that I’ve tapped back into my creative self and have found that there’s just something about the act of creating, and in this particular case painting, that’s therapeutic about taking that anxious, pent up and jittery energy and channeling it towards something productive and meditative for the anxious self (which no lies, I have been more recently). A self often at the end process of creating or doing some form of art is more relaxed and exhales (no joke) this long drawn breathe as the stress of the day fades away. In this way, I’ve literally felt the release of stress move through and out of my body at the end of an art session, and the more I’ve experimented with my art, the more I’ve found myself looking forward to it at particularly long or tough days. Additionally, I’ve found joy in sharing my creations with others, through the wonders of social media, and in person, as an experience that’s gone well so far and with so much inspiration out there as well through things like Pinterest or Instagram (my two favourite platforms these days). I don’t feel quite as alone in my creative journey. BTW, feel free to follow me on both for inspiration and updates on my creative journey as they happen: https://www.pinterest.ca/aspergirlkylie/_saved/ and https://www.instagram.com/aspergirlkylie/ (my personal account). My point is that I am glad to have art in my life, and have discovered it as an important outlet to help me through any sort of anxieties or stress that’s come my way. As well, I am equally glad to be able to share that with you.

P.S. If you are curious the words on this particular piece read “Even on the darkest days I will stand tall and towards the sunlight”(which really should be “find the sunlight” but this artist didn’t check that until later). A message, quite suiting of the time and with that I hope that you have something in your life that helps you see the light or cope in these times of uncertainty.

Until next time,

Kylie

Featured Image: Photo by Elena Mozhvilo on Unsplash