Art, Music and Literature. These three things are Depression’s worst nightmare. Why? Depression doesn’t want you to be proud of anything. It doesn’t want you to have any kind of inspiration. That’s why I’m fighting depression with creativity.
I have always been a creative person. I took GCSE Art and BTEC music. I love to read and write. I was that child that had all them ‘50 crafts to do at home‘ books. They were my bible as a child and that creativity has followed me right through life.
When I started to feel the effects of my depression, I lost all inspiration. My creative nature took a back seat for awhile. I was bored, depressed and scumming to worthless feelings everyday. It was a tough part in my life and I’m not fully out of it but I’m finding ways to help myself. The biggest way is by fighting depression with creativity. So, I thought it would be a good idea to share this with you!
Fighting Depression With Creativity
Even if you don’t consider yourself a creative person you can defiantly still try to fight your depression with it. I suppose creativity acts as that hobbie you’ve either lost or dismissed. It gives you a sense of pride once again.
When I was really struggling to find the motivation to do anything, I would be laid in bed absentmindedly looking at my phone. That’s because depression is boring. You feel like you can’t do anything but that doesn’t make being bored any easier. So, I would be looking at my phone and I kept seeing beautiful pictures of 50’s skirts. I fell in love and thought, maybe I can make one?
Now this took me a week. It took a week to shut down that little voice that told me I couldn’t make anything and I was worthless. It took me a week to build up the courage to tell that little voice to fuck off for a day. So, at the end of that week I had made my fist 50’s inspired skirt. And guess what? It was the first time I had felt proud of myself for months.
Now I’m not going to tell you that this cured my depression but, it is a good way make things easier. The day after I made that skirt I was back to struggling but at least I knew that I could make myself feel proud and worthy again.
So, How Can You Get Creative?
There are so many ways in which you can weave creativity into your life. This, right here is one example. Blogging! Do you have a way with words? Do you have something you want to talk about and share with the world. Do it! Do it today! You don’t have to buy your own domain, it doesn’t have to cost a thing. Just set up your blog and start writing about what you care about.
Since I started blogging just over a month ago I have noticed an amazing improvement in my mood everyday. That feeling of putting your heart and soul into something is wonderful. Writing about whatever makes you happy is a great little escape from the negativity you’re feeling.
However, it took me 6 months to pluck up the courage to start a blog. Something about putting myself out on the world wide web was intimidating. So, if you’re feeling like starting a blog is maybe a little too much for you right now, try to just write everyday. It can be about anything. Start a story, write a poem, practice some descriptive writing. Literally write about anything, I can promise you it is incredibly therapeutic.
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Painting & Drawing
When I say painting and drawing I don’t mean you have to spend weeks and weeks on recreating a modern Mona Lisa. If that’s what will make you happy then go for it but even just doodling is a brilliant way at fighting depression with creativity.
This is another thing that you will feel a sense of pride for. When you’re either feeling empty or overwhelmed with depression that sense of pride really does help.
Sewing is a brilliant skill to have and an amazing way to battle your depression. You can make anything from little purses to full blown Victorian outfits. Whatever you want to create, go for it. If you can’t sew try teaching yourself using YouTube videos.
When you plan to make something it becomes a project. The planning, then gathering the materials and finally creating your finished product. Having a project draws back a little bit of focus into your life and sparks up a bit of determination. If your struggling for money, try cutting up some old clothes and turning them into something you can be proud of.
Fighting depression with creativity is a perfect way to find your passions again and feel a sense of joy. If you have any other ways in which you get creative let me know in the comments below. Please share and follow me on twitter to keep up to date with my most recent posts!
Jess – @walkwith_jess
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