Since I've been unable to leave my house without abject misery, keeping happy and entertained is essential. The internet provides me with all the movies and tv I can zone out on, and for that, I am so grateful. But all that passive input tends to leave my brain feeling soft-boiled, and it does nothing for the claustrophobic panic that can set in when I've been trapped indoors for too long. So, today, I am going to share with you some creative pursuits that have kept me from going off the deep end.
First, some migraine art.
Also, a while back I was feeling angsty and depressed, during a similar stretch of not leaving the house. Instead of stressing out, or taking meds that I'd rather avoid, I was able to keep myself present and lower my stress significantly with some empowering collaging. I made these from a few women's magazines. You know the ones that tell you how to keep your man and lose ten pounds and how to do this season's eyeliner and what clothes you should be buying? It was damned therapeutic cutting those up. Here are the results:
I've listed a few of the phrases, but if there are any you can't read, or if you'd like me to transcribe them, let me know.
I've had the collages hanging on my wall in the kitchen, so I see them, and their positive messages, every day. I don't usually stop and read, but I'll glance as I pass by and catch a happy message or two, and if I'm not feeling well, it can really improve my state of mind to take a moment and soak in the self-love.
Art is the most wonderful therapy.