Hi, I’m Lise and I’m addicted to keeping myself busy at all times so I don’t have to experience any thoughts. I’m also addicted to purchasing new watercolor single colors and/or palettes.
During a global pandemic where everything can feel overwhelming to someone who suffers from general anxiety disorder, dissociation, and depression, it is important to find something to cope with. I attend university, and I work full time as an independent contractor translator so I always have a lot on my plate. I try to spend some of my free time playing video games to distract my brain, but sometimes I need something that doesn’t require too much thinking.
Watercolor painting is the perfect activity for me. I get to listen to calming music, maybe even ASMR videos, while also getting to create something. I’m not great at painting, but it is fun to be able to just express my creativity in some way. I don’t have anything in particular that I paint, I either just let my creativity flow, or look up fun tutorials on YouTube. Lately I have been practicing gemstones, but those have a tiny learning curve. I have been wanting to paint something Lord of the Rings inspired for my friend’s 30th birthday, so I might just do that.
Through personal experience, I have compiled a little list of reasons why watercolor painting is great for anxiety and dissociation.
Why watercolor is great for you:
- You can just disconnect from reality and avoid having any thoughts
- You get to create something and it feels great
- It is easy to make mistakes, but they are also easy to fix, just add water
- Getting to make something can help ground you when you are dissociating
- Everything you paint can be used as decoration. You can even make little paintings, cut them out and paste them into your junk journal, bullet journal or scrapbook
- You could scan your paintings and make and sell prints
- You could turn your paintings into stickers
- A handmade painting makes cute gifts for a significant other, friends, and family
- You get to collect pretty paint colors and palettes, so the little hoarder crow within you becomes happier
There is probably a lot more benefits to painting, but this is what I could think of off the top of my head. I love being able to create something, and watercolor painting has turned out to be the perfect medium for me. I used to be in love with acrylic painting, but it didn’t give me the same feeling of satisfaction and accomplishment that watercolor does. Hopefully you will find your happiness with watercolor painting at some point, too.