How Drawing Helped Me Through a Week of Depression

People say art is therapeutic. This statement is true for me. When I had a difficult week, I began to struggle with my depression. Each day seemed worse than the day before. Loneliness set in. I was exhausted from the stress and I couldn’t quit worrying about everything going on in my life.

Finally, I sat down with a piece of paper and a pencil. I picked out a photo of Dakota Fanning online and I began to draw the image. Slowly, I filled in the dark and light shapes I could see. I couldn’t think about anything else but the shapes and the lines.

When I was finished, I looked at what I had done. It wasn’t too bad! I felt a little bit better until my mind starting racing with more stressful thoughts. I needed to keep drawing.

I found a photo of Ellen DeGeneres and picked up my pencil again. My stressful thoughts went away as I focused on the new artwork. I drew more shapes and lines and worked on the shading. After another couple hours, I was staring at another completed drawing. It seemed even better than the last one.

Over the next few days, I drew Rachel Platten, an image of Shawn Mendes for a friend and a sketch of a horse for another friend.

Drawing isn’t just art. It’s therapy. Not only did I discover my talent, but I found a way to deal with the stress of everyday life. And now that my week is finally over, I’m already feeling a bit better. I found peace in a piece of paper and a pencil.

We want to hear your story. Become a Mighty contributor here.

Image via Thinkstock

Find this story helpful? Share it with someone you care about.

Related to Depression

black background with words that say 'the mind as a garden'

The Mind as a Garden: A Metaphor for Depression

My garden is an unfortunate one. Once, it grew flowers of all kinds. All colors. All beauty. Once, it was a place of solitude with no twinge of loneliness. Once, it was warm, inviting. A place for visitors and friends to flock, to laugh, to find respite from the bleak world it was surrounded by. [...]
the author

The Advice I Would Give Other Guys Fighting Depression

“Trust in your ability to recover from depression and be relentless in your efforts towards reaching it.” For the last two and half years I’ve been the Project Coordinator for HeadsUpGuys, a resource supporting men in their fight against depression. In my spare time I enjoy portrait photography. This is my story. What was the [...]
Portrait Of A Serious Spanish Woman

My Pros and Cons of Being on Antidepressants

I have to admit it I feel like a different person since I’ve been on medication. At first I just thought being on an antidepressant was just something psychological and that’s why I felt better, but it wasn’t. Life before being on medication was a disaster. I was a train wreck and I couldn’t function. [...]
Meme about antidepressants, showing a nature scene with 'this is an antidepressant' and pills saying 'this is shit'

Why This Meme Is So Wrong About Antidepressants

A family member recently shared this meme on Facebook. It depicts a nature scene, captioned “this is an antidepressant,” above a photo of pills captioned “this is shit.” As of today, it has almost 35,000 shares. Although I usually try to disregard negative social media posts, this one left me feeling invalidated, angry and perplexed. How could [...]