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The Art of Mental Health

I drew for myself today.

illustration, black woman, red hair, cartoon

When you’re a working creative in any capacity, it’s hard not to think about how your art translates into business. All sorts of questions swirl around in your head while you’re working…will this sell? How can I market this? Does it meet my quality control standards? And that’s only part of it. Weighing in on all of these things is just part of being an entrepreneur. But admittedly, it can suck all of the fun out of creating. And for us who lean into creativity to take care of our mental health, this can be tough.

Being creative has always given me peace. Ever since I was a little girl, I would escape the world around me with a little notepad and a pencil. I would create elaborate scenes, visual stories and quirky characters. I got lost in a world that made me happy, and flew me far away from anything that made me sad, angry or scared. And this seems to be a theme among creative people as a whole, no matter the medium they use.

coffee cup, motivational quote, pour into yourself, graphic design

So what do you do when something that gives you peace, like doing art, and something that can stress you out, like doing art as a profession, collide? Split the difference.

It’s so important for working creatives to find time to create for themselves. Make something and not think about how you should make money from it. Try out different mediums and methods, especially if it is one completely out of your usual realm. A few of the playful mediums I’ve been enjoying are junk journaling, watercolors, and crocheting.

 Play around and let your imagination flow. This keeps your creativity fresh, and who knows? It can lead to something that will impact your creative business in a positive way.


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