Depression and art is it a problem for me? Yes and many other artist. Depression kills my creativity leaving me with weeks and sometimes months when I need to push myself to do any art work.
Cycles of depression can be brought on by weather changes, seasonal sickness and emotional changes. The worse cause is changes brought on by a divorce, death or illness because of the gamete of emotions that follow a loss. My desire to take my ideas and use them creatively is at the lowest when depression is at its worse.
Finding the strength to just get up is a struggle, so you can imagine how difficult it is to work at home. You don’t have a time card the only thing that you know is if you don’t work your bills don’t get paid. So many of us work outside the home because the bills have to be paid. This is a blow to our self-esteem because it leaves you feeling defeated.
Artist who suffer from depression also turn to drugs and alcohol to fill the void of not being able to do what they love. Discipline is hard because your energy is going everywhere except to create. I find ways to cope with taking care of everyday life and scheduling time to do what I feel I was born to do.
Finding ways to be creative is in everything I do. When I cook I have to have balance between the colors, taste and presentation for every meal. I am compulsive about the details in everything I do. Presentation is as important to me and is my main focus in my home, myself and everything I do.
Now I have the time to work in the studio but due to my heath I don’t always have the ambition or the strength. This raise my anxiety which throws me in to a depressed state of mind. I find it hard to execute any ideas to a finished piece of art. Depression is often treated with art therapy, so you can understand when I feel there is no physical energy to do what love.
Keeping in mind my accomplishments and wanting to do more art is hard. Some days I am unable to work so I pick up my computer and do what I can to gain exposer for my finished work. It is try hard not to fall into a pattern of thinking that leads to depression because it is a viscous cycle that if let go can spiral out of control.
Vincent Van Gogh and Francisco de Goya, just two famous artist who suffered from depression. There are composer, actors, writers, musicians, dancers, scientist, students and teachers that also suffer from bouts of depression. I believe it is because we are thinkers, we think about everything. How do we present our thoughts, and talents to the world is our gift. Any person with a creative mind over thinks every detail of life the good and the bad.
Depression is crippling to anyone with a creative mind. I found that sometimes it’s better to be alone for a while than to draw people you care about in to your viscous circle. Finding ways to battle depression is the key.
10 Ways I Battle Depression:
- Reach out to someone you can talk to. A therapist, Doctor or really good friend.
- Know your triggers for depression.
- Simplify your daily routine and reduce stress.
- Exercise is an important part of your daily routine.
- Read up on different methods to work through your depression.
- Eat foods that support your mind like omega 3 fats and incorporate them in your diet.
- Change negative thoughts to positive thinking.
- Get out in the sunshine.
- Concentrate on all the positive accomplishments in your life.
- Get up every day, get dressed and do something nice for someone else.
The hardest thing is to take action when you suffer from depression. It is hard to get moving when you’re depressed that’s why you must! Get up and do something like reach out and talk to a person that is honest and will hold you silently accountable to your word. They can help you with those coping skills that just don’t come that easy during a deep depression.
Artist needed down time to prepare for the tasks ahead of them. That doesn’t always mean they’re slipping into depression. Knowing your triggers like negative thinking and stop them before they get out of hand.
Me, I have to get up and move every day because I have ADHD and it helps my mind and my body. My compulsion to move must be directed to a physical activity; like gardening or walking my dog. This keeps my focus off what I can’t do and on what I can.
I try hard to do something nice for someone even if it is just to call and say hello. I know how I feel after and it’s all good. Sometimes talking with a friend is what I need. Taking time for a visit is even better.
Depression thrives on lack of nutrition and dehydration, I try to eat, drink my way to brain health. Since you have come to the end of this article you already are doing number 3.
Create something, put you thoughts into action…
Battle depression raise your head and take action.