I was full of anxiety at the airport when I drew this last year. I am pre-disposed to rumination, and I found myself caught on multiple negative thoughts, culminating into a near panic attack while on my way to board my plane back home.
I took out my iPad for some art therapy and found myself a little nook to create this doodle. This image came to mind after I had cleared security and was walking towards my gate. I imagined each negative thought as a balloon, a visual reference for my mind to have the courage to let go of the negative rumination.
I want to be crystal clear that I am not condoning pollution via releasing balloons in the air. This was a doodle I did for art therapy to soothe my at times, obsessive-compulsive mind. It is a visual metaphor.
Each balloon represents a negative thought. I painted the image quickly with little time before I got on my plane. What I imagined in my mind’s eye flooded through my hand and onto the digital canvas. The process of creating this painting soothed my mind and nervous system. I had a new mental anchor to carry me through the next 24 or so hours of travel from Denmark back home.
Creativity to a powerful tool. What do you do to help ease ruminating thoughts?