Art and Anxiety: A Perfect Pair

Updated on November 29, 2017
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Missy is a unique writer who enjoys inviting her readers into her thoughts through her poetry and other topics of discussion.  

Emotional | Source

Drawing Captured Me Off Guard and I Love It

This is my life right now; a life of unexpected anxious days for months now. Even so, I know I'm getting better. I know tomorrow I may or may not get nervous and feel anxious. Hey, it's better than last week when I was frequently having stomach pain and feeling on the verge of hyperventilation.

What has helped me? You may ask? Well, it used to be simply writing poetry or writing and discussing current event topics here. However, somehow I picked up a simple little whiteboard and some markers and started drawing. I felt a new freedom that I cannot explain!

This article will only be about my therapy into finding my inner peace daily. It is a simple poem through my mind as a new and undiscovered sketch artist. I say undiscovered, because I cannot fool myself, of course. I would be foolish to believe that after two months, I will be recognized for a great artistic talent. No, I haven't even had that luck with my writing, and I have been doing that much longer. However, it is an inspiration of life for me, something that I can enjoy and hopefully grow stronger and better at.

A Mad Man
A Mad Man | Source

Art and Anxiety: An Odd Couple That Works

For me, this has been a tremendous outlet of self-help with my anxious feelings. When they start to arise inside me, drawing it out, or just drawing anything, I feel like has helped me calm myself.

Sometimes, I draw an eye with a tear, but sometimes I draw a unique portrait of myself or a loved one, or a character I may like. I have found it interesting what I feel compelled to sketch out. Maybe there is something else to discover within myself, who knows?

All in all, I found the pair work together well to calm me; the anxiety I have, now has something to rely on to help get me through some rough days. I hate sadness! I don't know anyone who wants this type of life. However, If you are reading this and understand this; I do believe if you don't give up, you can find your own fun focus to combat it: Singing, dancing, crafting, or even a daily walk through different neighborhoods exploring people and places. Whatever! I believe we can all survive in this crazy world if we find our own little niches to do so!

Snow Baby
Snow Baby | Source

Poetry: My First Love Into the Creative World

As sketch art has helped me at this moment during my life, poetry has helped me greatly in the past. Poetry will always be my first passion. I continue to enjoy the process of the beauty of words. It still makes me happy. However, I think for me as an ever changing being, that I have to find different types of creativity to pursue, because that's who I am.

As a child, and as I have grown into adulthood, it came to my complete attention that I was fighting to find someone I really already knew. Early on in my life, it bothered me that I could never find a certain path or purpose for myself like everyone else. Now, I feel blessed to know I wasn't meant to.

Today, I know I was meant to explore every part of me. My ups, my downs, my talents, and my inabilities. We all have them. Some of us want to keep exploring and some of us want to settle, and I think that's just fine.

I hope you enjoyed this personal essay and my poem!

Anxiety | Source

Free Me

Free me from my mind,

take me far away from

my familiar home…

label me an artist of

wonder, an eye for

my own forte of splendor…

Strokes of brilliance; I

am willing to make, but

your eye may not see my


Not to worry about other

views, take me somewhere

there will be only me and you…

a place in the valley; a

wide-open field. Deep in your

eyes of the blues; I want to


drawing emotion, drawing

release. I just want to draw

my happy place.

River bends, and ocean

waves, oh let me stay in a

beautiful state.

Drown my head in artistry’s


Peace in the Valley
Peace in the Valley | Source

Questions & Answers

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      • Missy Smith profile imageAUTHOR

        Missy Smith 

        15 months ago from Florida

        And thank you Frank and Clive. I will cherish the support on this hub, because it shows my weakness with anxiety but my bravery to grow into the art world, which I have never tried before, but I love. It has helped tremendously with my anxiety. :)

      • Missy Smith profile imageAUTHOR

        Missy Smith 

        15 months ago from Florida

        They are definitely supportive of each other in my experience, Hari. They have worked well together. The art calms the anxiety for me. :)

      • Frank Atanacio profile image

        Frank Atanacio 

        15 months ago from Shelton

        Im not getting notification from Hubpages. don't know why, but anyhow I found this hub sketches and all.. brilliant.. yep

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        Hari Prasad S 

        15 months ago from Bangalore

        Excellent scketches and matching poetry on freedom of expression. Isnt these two mediums coherent and supportive to each other. Very inspiring hub Missy.

        - hari

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        Clive Williams 

        16 months ago from Jamaica

        Very Nice....drawing art really has some soothing effect. It can suck out your anger, express your love and bring you to another dimension.

      • Missy Smith profile imageAUTHOR

        Missy Smith 

        16 months ago from Florida

        Thank you, Bill. I must stop my venture into the world of drawing soon to pick up some studies I'm behind on, but it helped a lot. It really did. :)

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        Bill Holland 

        16 months ago from Olympia, WA

        How wonderful that it is helping. That is great news and I wish you continued peace through it! Thank you for sharng your experience so openly and honestly so that others might learn.


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