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Art, Anxiety And An Ouch

I thought I would give you guys another little update on what’s going on with me at the moment and also an update on my art stuff. As you may know since I mentioned it a few of my posts I started doing some art again because it sort of helped with my anxiety. I did it on apps because I don’t have a lot of art supplies right now and also it’s just easier to do it on my phone. My anxiety has been a lot better over the last few months in general but I was looking for a relaxing hobby and I saw online that a lot of people recommended art. Studies on art therapy have shown that art can help people with anxiety feel more calmer and also express themselves better through art. And then I wrote a throwback post about my site way back when I started and saw some posts about the charcoal art I used to do and remembered how much fun that was and decided to take up art again.
It has actually helped me with my anxiety. To elaborate a bit more on that- my anxiety causes problems with my concentration. It makes it a bit more difficult for me to concentrate on something and I also get distracted pretty easily when my anxiety is high but with art I need to fully concentrate on the artwork and that has helped me with concentration and staying focused.
I also find art therapeutic because as someone with anxiety my brain is always switched on. Like it’s always chattering in the background and being annoying. There is no off switch and the constant noise can get frustrating sometimes. With art this noise kind of automatically shuts off or I guess I can easily fully ignore it because my brain is fully concentrating on the art and on what I’m doing at that moment. Those I think are the main ways that art and colouring has helped me with controlling my anxiety. It’s also a lot of fun just in general- it is kind of like being a child again which is always a fun treat when you are an adult struggling to adult. Here are some of the artworks I have done so far:

In case you were wondering what app I used for colouring it was Paint.Book.
I have always loved colouring but truth be told I’m more of a drawing person. I like drawing a lot and wanted to draw stuff from scratch. Now the only problem is I’m not great with drawing and I’ve never drawn on my phone before so I did not really know how to do that and it was a lot more difficult than actual drawing but I really enjoyed the challenge and I think I am very slowly but surely getting better at it now that I am getting the hang of how it works.
So, I also got a artbook app where you can basically draw and colour things from scratch and do whatever you want- you’re not limited to what the app provides you with. I’m not going to lie I’ve been binge watching The Simpsons for the last few months so I decided to draw Bartholomew Simpson AKA Bart Simpson. I know it doesn’t look a lot like Bart but this was my first try drawing anything with an app so cut me some slack! I am currently working on the rest of the family.

Moving on to the ouch part. So two days ago I burnt two of my fingers while cooking and yesterday I burnt the side of hand/palm. It’s my right hand and it’s the fingers I use to type so it has been kind of difficult for me to type properly at the moment. If you see any typos in this post or in response to any of your comments I’m not having a stroke it’s just hard for me to type with my left hand. It’s also going to take me a while to respond to your comments as I’m going to have to type slower than usual. My posts may also be a bit shorter than usual this week apart from the ones that I had written prior to the incidents. You may have noticed that I only put up two quotes yesterday even though I usually put up four or five but that was because I literally could not make more than those two.
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In other news, have almost reached a 50 day streak on Duolingo which is super exciting. I was excited to tell you guys that because last time I had lost my 52 day streak and was feeling a little down about it. The weather is getting a bit cooler which is awesome- no offense to people who love summer but I am so looking forward to fall. Oh and as always my WP was acting up over the last few days- my reader stopped working and then some of my comments were either not posting at all or if they posted they went to spam so yeah… That’s about it for this update. Again sorry about any typos but I’m doing the best I can.
What have you guys been up to lately? Have you been learning a new language? Have you ever tried doing art to reduce your anxiety? Have you tried drawing as a way to reduce anxiety? Are you a fan of doing art on your device or you do prefer doing art on a book? Let me know in the comments below because I love to chat even when my fingers are in pain!


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