Dealing with anxiety has always been hard. It does not help that we are in the middle of a worldwide pandemic. Sometimes I have anxiety attacks when I am super stressed. Many people think they can help the attacks stop, they can not. I had to learn how to calm down and focus on breathing. When I was going through a very low point in my life, I had a huge anxiety attack. The attack lasted for an hour; I lost color in my legs because I could not breathe well. After that, I started seeing a therapist. She helped me navigate through daily events. This helped me discover what triggered my anxiety and actions. I started sleeping with a weighted blanket, and carried stress balls and fidget toys around with me.
I started to paint my emotions. I am not very good. I am better with ink sketches. I started color-coding my thoughts and emotions. Sometimes I would just paint lines and dots. Painting helps me identify my feelings. I started sketching heavily detailed people after I painted. This led to me creating ink drawings of fairies, dragons, people, and animals. I practice every day. I submitted a painting because that is what helped me the most. It is simple, unlike my ink drawings, and personally shows me how far I have come. I want everyone to know that art can help a lot. Art does not have to be good. If you go into the art process knowing you will make bad art, you can relax and just enjoy doing what you love.
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