I just saw Guardians of the Galaxy the other day and instantly fell in love with Baby Groot! I loved him dancing to Jackson 5’s I Want You Back. Too cute! So, without further ado, here’s my drawing of him! For more of my drawings, feel free to click here! Thanks!
I know I said that I would post all of my drawings under the separate page, but I also want to post it here. I’m really proud of this one and it’s the first time I’ve really been able to draw Snoopy at his typewriter how I wanted to!
If you’d like to view more of my drawings, click here!
Lately I haven’t felt very motivated. I’ve still been practicing facing my anxiety and exercising, but not nearly enough. A part of me thinks it’s because of the weather and a part of me thinks it’s because the fact that I’m so bored is making me want to sleep instead of do anything else.
Unfortunately, since I haven’t been exercising and stretching as much, I’ve been more anxious. I can see the difference that my lack of motivation and commitment has made and it hasn’t led to a positive outcome. I feel guilty for not exercising as much and yet I keep falling into the pattern of laziness.
Instead of concentrating on the fact that I’m not doing well, however, I need to focus on the positive. While it may seem like a far fetch at first, I realized tonight that I’ve been proving to myself that I’m capable of a lot more than I give myself credit for.
Not only have I proven to myself before that I can get through my anxiety, but lately I’ve discovered that with hard work I can be decent at something I never thought I could be good at: drawing. Now I’m not saying I’m this amazing artist (far from it actually), but I do think that I’m able to draw some things. If you asked me if I could a week or two ago, I would have definitely said that I couldn’t draw at all.
So, what’s my point? My point is that we often sell ourselves short when we shouldn’t. We just need to prove to ourselves that we are able to do positive things as long as we work hard.
So after trying to draw a variety of different things lately and not being happy with the results, I finally drew something that I’m pretty happy with. Just as with anxiety, we have to keep trying to reach our goals. Here’s the drawing that I just completed, the bird from Vlasic Pickles!
Okay, so this post may not seem to deal with anxiety in a direct way, but in an indirect way, it does. As I’ve mentioned before I’m not a very good artist. I sketch here and there, but if someone were to ask if I was good at drawing, I probably couldn’t contain my laughter- I’m that bad. However, yesterday I wanted to draw something and in my opinion, I did an amazing job. So what does this have to do with getting through anxiety? This:
To be honest, I didn’t think the drawing would turn out well. Usually when I start drawing, it ends up looking very little like the image I was trying to recreate or a lot of the dimensions seem off, so much so that I’ve drawn all too many Snoopys that look like he’s eaten way too much dog food! However, yesterday when I went to draw the Baltimore Orioles bird (I don’t live in Baltimore, but for some reason I love the mascot!), I found that I did a really good job. Much like many times when I think I won’t get through my anxiety, I proved myself wrong and I did a great job. The point? That I can do much more that I sometimes realize!
So I learned that struggling with something in the past does not mean you can’t improve and it doesn’t mean that you can’t succeed either. Now, do I think I’ll forever be happy with what I draw or become an amazing artist? No. However, I do have a lot more faith in my drawing than I did before. I need to learn to realize the same thing about getting through anxiety. While getting through it sometimes doesn’t guarantee I’ll never struggle again, it also doesn’t mean that I’ll always feel controlled by it either! Also, just like drawing, getting through anxiety takes practice.
Just to share my drawing with all of you, here it is (I know it’s not perfect, but I think it’s pretty good!)
So I thought I would take today and write about some suggestions for distracting the mind while anxious or suffering from a panic attack. I cannot guarantee that all of these (or any of these) ideas will help you as we all find different things helpful (please make sure the things you find helpful are healthy), but I thought I would try to help. Please let me know if you have any other suggestions or if you have experience with mine.
Play some Labyrinth Spill. While this game isn’t easy to bring with you everywhere, it is a good game for distracting the mind since you have to focus on the game and not much else. I understand that not everyone may have the game, but if you’re able to purchase it, I think it might be helpful. I know that I’ve found it helpful. If you’re not familiar with the game, click here.
Work on solving a Rubik’s Cube. Much like Labyrinth Spill, the game takes focus and concentration. This game is also a great way to exercise the mind. The great thing about Rubik’s Cube is that they sell key-chain sized ones that you can take anywhere! I haven’t tested this while out yet but I have used it at the kitchen table and have found it helpful.
Read something interesting! Whether you read a really good book, a magazine, or simply look at the ads, reading gets your mind off of your anxiety and onto the page!
Watch something. While watching too much TV isn’t a good idea because we need to practice facing our fears instead of avoiding them (sorry to sound like a parent or therapist there), sometimes watching TV is exactly what we need to focus on something other than our anxiety.
Write. Whether you find writing about your anxiety relaxing or writing about something else, writing is a great way to relax!
Go outside and get some fresh air. Even if walking or running makes you a little anxious, just sitting and relaxing and prove helpful.
Draw. Okay, so I might be one of the worst artists there are, but once in a while I try to sketch or draw and sometimes it can be quite soothing.
Listen to uplifting and positive music. Whether or not you choose to dance, if you find that you can get distracted by music instead of dwelling on negative thoughts, than you should definitely try!
Paint your nails. Sometimes when I go outside or downstairs, I find that painting my nails can be relaxing. Also, it takes some focus since it can be a little tricky sometimes!
As always, practice, practice, practice, and practice facing your fears! Also, please do some stretches and exercises! This is a great way to prove to yourself that you are stronger than your anxiety.
*Once again, if anyone has any other suggestions on how to relax or distract the mind while anxious, please let me know. If you have tried any of the above and have had good results, I would love to hear about that as well! Please make sure that you are choosing healthy ways to distract the mind. Thanks for reading and I hope the list I provided is helpful!