Warning, this post contains themes of Mental Health.
One of the things that we have been doing in the Partial Hospitalization Program was Art Therapy. I found art therapy to be very soothing and healing. It helped me escape all my stress, anxiety and depression. I took the art prompts and attempted to put my own style and personality into them. I found my favorite medium was pencil and I was still able to really express myself through it. I used my knowledge of Geometry and Drafting to create pieces of art that I felt showed my personality. It helped me activate a part of my brain that I have not used since somewhere around Jr. High. And while Jr. High me would probably look at the art I am doing now and be super disappointed, it doesn’t matter because similar to my writing, it doesn’t have to be for anyone else but me.
The above drawing was something I created in a free art session. It doesn’t necessarily have any special meaning and I was just experimenting. There are a few mistakes that I discovered later on but I didn’t want to start over from a very early on, and now that I look at it, I can’t see the mistakes myself. (but they are there)
If you are struggling with Depression, Anxiety or thoughts of suicide, there is help available.
There are various different hotlines that you can call that specializes in people of different locations and identities. Also if you are in the US you can call the National Suicide Hotline at 800-273-8255