Anxiety sucks, let’s just start there shall we. It never gets any easier and it happens when you least expect it to. Worst of all is how it leaves you feeling after. I have to point out though that anxiety can manifest in all sorts of ways. I get so anxious I don’t leave the house, I can have anxiety attacks when I’m out and want to come home or I can finally get the courage to say something at uni to get criticized for having an opinion, anxiety can strike and I’m in a bad, low mood all day.
There are loads of ways in which you can deal with anxiety however and that’s something I really wanted to talk about over the next few months. I want to bring you all the different ways I deal with anxiety, starting with art. I love to draw, it doesn’t mean I’m very good at it though. If there is one bright side to anxiety though, is that I’m actually getting a lot better at drawing and I love it!
I have a whole box of art stuff, sketch pads for days and pencils to die for. I’m a little bit of a art weirdo though. I LOVE perfect pens, pristine pencils and sketch pads from the pound shop. I’m a pic&mix that’s for sure! So when it comes to pens and pencils I’m fussy, which is why I love Spectrum Noir, because they’re amazing. So after chatting with the amazing people at the Crafter’s Companion I got sent some bits, I have to say I’m in love.
First things first let’s address the price. They are a little pricey if you’re not taking art seriously or if it’s not something for you. Myself I love drawing, it calms me down and my anxiety melts away when I can create something on paper. So for me the price isn’t a big issue. I would also like to point out the amazing quality of all the Spectrum Noir products and how professional they are as well, if you want to get down to it, they’re pretty cheap compared to competing brands. That’s enough on the price.
I love the pencils, the colour tint nature pack. They are amazing. If you follow me on Instagram you would have seen me sharing pictures and chatting about them, if not make sure you go and follow me! So they are my favourite tinted pencils due to the colours and I love using them. I really want to show some of my art work with you guys but it might set off my anxiety so I’m going to put that on hold.
Getting pencils out the way however, I got a few other goodies. I was a little confused, mainly because art until now was just some fine pencils with a mini sketch pad; however my eyes have now been opened wide! Check out these amazing Illustrator pens, something I’ve never heard of before and am now so glad I have. They add so much definition to the drawings and really bring them to life.
There’s something so satisfying when your creations come to life, I think this is a big part when I go through the transition period of feeling overwhelmed and anxious and then feeling a lot more calm with a sense of achievement to my work. It makes life that little brighter and you can see that actually you can accomplish something, so the illustrator pens are worth it.
I would just like to point out that art is perfect for mental health and anxiety, not because it’s calming and relaxing but it helps to express the way you feel. You may be feeling that you have the weight of the world on your shoulders, draw it. Show how you really feel, sure your drawings might be crap like mine when I started, it doesn’t matter. As long as you’re able to express yourself! Remember it’s okay to take a mental health day! Look after yourself.
Finally I want to get to the fine line, right to the point with these Art Liners. I drew a 3D heart a few months back and wanted something to really make it pop and stand out. Sure the heart took me 45 minutes to actually draw and I was super proud of it! The Art Liner means that you’re able to go over what you’ve drawn and rally help them stand out. In a nut shell, they’re what I’ve been looking for and I’m over the moon! I could shout for joy, if I wasn’t worried the neighbours would get a little mad!
At the end of the day there are loads of ways to cope with anxiety and I intend to write a few blog posts covering them all because at the end of the day if at least one person can get help from this blog post, or any of my blog posts; I’m happy. If you know someone who suffers from anxiety don’t forget to help and maybe suggest some of the ways I’ve spoke about.
If I didn’t believe in art as a coping mechanism I wouldn’t recommend it, I know how much anxiety sucks and I’m here to recommend ways to deal with it that have worked for me. I don’t believe in giving rubbish advice, that I wouldn’t even take myself. I’m not a doctor reading from a text book! If you fancy getting some art products from Spectrum Noir, do it. I’ve found that they don’t break easily, I don’t intend to snap them in half to test how strong they are sorry!
If you are looking for some sketch pads though I would check out the pound shop or somewhere like home bargains. I’ve not found any that I would rave about yet but if I do I’ll let you know! If there are any ways that you use to cope with anxiety please let me know, I’m always up for trying new ways out and finding out if they’re going to benefit me! If you haven’t already check out my anxiety box post and maybe make yourself one today!
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