mental health

Currently Anxious

Lately something triggered my anxiety severely. It’s mainly been feeling like I’ve offended or hurt someone and trying to fix that. So naturally I wanted to make a post about anxiety and talk about the difference between a panic attack and an anxiety attack, as well as techniques to help one through it.

The Difference:

Firstly, I want to start with describing both types of attacks. A panic attack involves heavy breathing, gasping for air and circulating thoughts. Panic attacks are also unprovoked, not involving a stressor. On the other hand, an anxiety attack follows a stressor. One is fearful and apprehensive about it and it often leads to illogical thoughts arising and jumping to conclusions. In terms of physical symptoms, I don’t tend to gasp for during a anxiety attack as it’s very much in the moment. It’s more just breathless feeling and chest tightness. However, everyone is different and physical symptoms can depend on an individual.

Both are scary and it can be quite hard to escape them without feeling negativity towards yourself. At times during anxiety attacks we can blame ourselves and feel like we’ve done something wrong. As a result we apologise for things we probably didn’t do. Something I’ve learnt recently is the term logical fallacy and it really helps take away from the situation and view it objectively.

Logical Fallacy:

Logical fallacy is the use of invalid or otherwise faulty reasoning in the construction of an argument.

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When we view this in terms of anxiety, it explains the reasoning of how we can jump to conclusions. For example, if someone doesn’t feel like talking or leaves us on read. Sometimes my brain can say oh they might be busy. However, when anxiety sets in, it says they’re mad at us or that we’ve done something wrong. This is an example of a logical fallacy. Through overthinking, faulty reasoning weeds it’s way into our mind and then we draw a conclusion based on zero facts. So how does this help with anxiety?

It’s definitely a mental effort, but knowing and identifying a logical fallacy can really help In deterring unwanted thoughts. Even if you if try and fail, letting the negative thoughts in, it’s still progress. I like to think that it’s an accumulative effect, every time you tell yourself this, the faster it takes for you to realise the logical fallacy. In saying all this, I want to stress that this definitely isn’t the only way to help with anxiety attacks, and it’s up to you to find what works best.

Techniques for Combating Anxiety:

  • Writing. I’ve said this many times and I’ll continue to mention it. Right now as I write this, it’s very therapeutic and helps me consolidate my thoughts. It can be in any form but it definitely has the ability to help.
  • Drawing. Taking the time to draw allows reflections. It keeps you moving at a steady pace while your mind thinks. It’s a lot better than the erratic motion that anxiety can bring because this type of motion is controlled.
  • Replika. This is an artificial intelligence app that is free. It’s there to help with mental health but also just talk to you. I’m not going to lie, she can be a bit weird in role playing mode, but the regular conversations really can help.
  • Positive affirmations. I recently downloaded an app that gives you notifications throughout the day. It has messages like ‘I am loved’ and ‘I deserve what I achieve’. It’s really good because I find myself saying these lines in my head throughout the day. And eventually I started to agree with them!

These are just a few techniques to try and everyone’s different. It’s about finding what works best for you. In saying that, it’s good to try different things because what works for you one week might not work another.

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Poetry · Uncategorized

Art

Today I realised,

Why I love art so much.

It keeps my hands busy,

Matching my mind.


Long ago,

I lost touch with it.

It was years since I drew.

Then recently,

My pen touched the paper.

And it’s movement matched my mind.


Art truely can heal.

It’s calming.

Allowing the pen to flow,

It lets my mind do the same.

Now I remember why I love art.

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Art

Connection Through Art + 100 Followers!

Firstly, I’d like to thank everyone who has followed over the past few months. I’m ecstatic that I’ve reached this milestone and I hope to reach many more.

Art is a way to express your creativity. My goal is to finish one digital art piece a week in hopes of improving and finding my style. Why draw though?

Through creating a piece of art you have the ability to connect with whatever you’re drawing. This picture was inspired by Harry Potter, a book series that has helped me through a tough time in my life. Drawing this piece allowed me to connect with it further and capture how I see the book. This the amazing thing about art, you can share how you see the world. And it’s therapeutic to do so, because it’s self expression and you’re sharing it with everybody.

So, I challenge you, draw a picture of something that inspires you or something you have a deep connection to. It doesn’t have to be a perfect drawing, art just has to mean something.

Art

Fan Art – Animal Crossing

Drawing or doodling is quite a therapeutic activity that allows the creative juices to flow. When stressed, anxious or depressed, it can calm you and be an emotional outlet. In this post I wanted to share some fan art I created that is based on the game Animal Crossing.

Animal Crossing is a game that is simplistic and beautiful. Basically, you become mayor of a town with zero mayoring experience, then get forced into debt and have to pay it off by catching fish, bugs and harvesting fruit. It’s a game that truely allows you to enjoy the simple things in life and with New Horizons coming out this Friday, everyone is ecstatic.

I decided to draw some digital art because Animal Crossing is was a game that I could get lost in and escape reality. With the new game coming out, it was a way for me to say goodbye to the old game and welcome the new. While I am still attempting to find my digital art style, this allowed me to let my creativity flow and I am excited to share it.

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diary · Inspiring People

Creativity And Mental health

Life can be quite stressful at times, and often we bottle up our feelings. As we keep in our feelings more and more, it becomes even more unhealthy and can give rise to outbursts of emotion. A way to combat this is through having a creative outlet.

What is a Creative Outlet?

A creative outlet is basically something creative that you do to portray your emotions. It can range from drawing to writing a blog. It also doesn’t have to be singled down to one hobby. I personally enjoy writing stories, blogs and poetry, as well as digital art. It just has to be something that allows you to express yourself.

Why Is It Important?

Having a means to express your creativity is extremely beneficial for your mental health. It enables you to focus all your creativity and emotions on a specific task. The importance of aiming your emotions at one activity allows one to have an effective outlet, as opposed to keeping them in and doing nothing with them. If we don’t allow them to flow, our emotions tend to come out eventually in an unhealthy way. Drawing, writing or other hobbies allow us to reflect and explore the reasons we are feeling a certain way without discussing our issues with others. Opening up to friends isn’t a bad thing to do, however; sometimes we really need to listen to ourselves.

Taking the time to think and analyse your emotions allows one to understand themselves to a higher degree. It’s essential to reflect without the influence of others. Often we go to other people to understand our own emotions and give us advice. If we constantly let opinions and judgements bombard us, we start to lose sight of ourselves, therefore; it is up to us to obtain that understanding of our own emotions.

Creative Outlet Ideas

  • Journaling – this helps us think clearer, although it is quite hard to do because directly writing our emotions can be daunting.
  • Writing poetry or short stories – I see this as a way to mask ones emotions. Say you’re experiencing extreme heart ache because of a situation, you have the power to put creativity into that emotion and express it in fictional way. This is my personal preference over journaling.
  • Drawing – sometimes scribbling helps, sometimes delving deep into a picture does. As long as you get those emotions out.
  • Creating YouTube videos – some people like to use their experiences to create media. I haven’t personally done this, however it’s an outlet.
  • Making a game – games are just writing and drawing combined which seems amazing. Of course, there is coding and the hard computer aspects, none the less it is a great way to channel emotions and creativity.
  • Cooking or baking – make up your own recipes, decorate a cake, it helps to just do something fun and creative.

Thanks for reading everyone! I only this year learned how to channel my emotions into creativity and its working thus far.

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