We as artists tend to be deeply in touch with our emotions, so feelings of loneliness and isolation can hit us especially hard. Fortunately, creativity not only inspires deep feelings – it also helps us express and cope with them.
As a creative, it’s a safe bet that you value some alone time to hone your craft. However, sometimes alone time is not something you choose, but something you get stuck with. Be it because you recently moved, because of a break-up, or maybe simply because all your friends happen to have plans and you aren’t a part of any of them: We all experience feelings of loneliness and isolation.
Fortunately, your creativity means you have a lot of ways to cope and deal with loneliness! Below are some of my favourite recipes for beating the blues!
1. (Art) Journal it out
If you’ve followed the blog for a while, you’ll know that I’m a huge fan of art journaling. I also keep a written journal that I usually dig out when I’m unhappy or stressed about something. Both of these journals help me work through whatever it is that is bothering me. Whether it’s anger, sadness, stress or fear, getting it out onto the page means it no longer has to ruminate in my head quite as much. Whether you prefer writing or “arting” it out, a journal is always a great way to deal with loneliness!
I usually end up creating several pages that are very dark and moody. Eventually, something shifts and I will end up with a page like the one below – I may still feel alone and uncertain, but the feeling is much lighter than before!
2. Paint what loneliness feels like
Another option for “arting it out” is to go big. Get a canvas or big sheet of paper. Paint with a big brush, or even with your fingers. Use acrylics. Go abstract. Lay the canvas on the floor and move around it as you paint. Let what you feel flow through your hands into shapes and colours. When you’re done, consider your painting. Maybe you want to leave it as it is. Or maybe you want to let it dry, grab the biggest brush you have, and paint all over it in plain white. As you do, feel the loneliness lift and notice the space you’ve created. If you want, fill the canvas again, using calmer and brighter colours.
3. Write a beautiful letter
Loneliness is about missing the feeling of connection with someone. So, connect! Think of a friend you maybe haven’t spoken to in a while. Do you know someone who moved away and you often think fondly of them?
Get out pens and paper, and write a letter to that friend. Make it beautiful! Google “mail art” or check out the Hashtag #snailmailrevolution on Instagram to get inspired. You can use washi tape, draw on your letter, create your own envelopes, whatever tickles your fancy! Don’t forget to mail your letter – it’s a great way to show someone how much you appreciate them and to reconnect!
4. Make a gift for someone
Small gifts are a beautiful token of affection. They won’t just make the recipient happy – crafting them will also make you feel connected to them. You don’t need to have a special occasion. Your partner, friends or family members will love a small thoughtful gift! DIY gifts have the added bonus of being inexpensive and very personal.
If you need some inspiration, check out my Pinterest board on DIY gifts!
What would you add to this list? How do you deal with loneliness? Let me know in the comments!
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