Q: Do you believe your artist expression is beneficial to your mental well-being? C.S.
A. Yes I do feel that expressing myself artistically helps with my mental state. Maybe this is part of the reason why I have never considered myself to have been depressed. In fact when I am feeling low or in a rut, this will often coincide with a strong 'pull' within me to create something.
I don't like the feeling of stagnation or things spiraling out of balance and into a heavy or low state. If I have been in this state for longer than 3 days, then I have to step up, self-motivate and push myself through - so it doesn't get worse.
I feel that expressing ourselves - whether it be through creative means, writing, verbalising or perhaps physical expression - helps move us out of a stagnant 'held back' space.
For me to express myself artistically is for me to turn my insides out - to reveal an inner part of myself, my thoughts, my vulnerability, my truth, who I am.