Siobhan

I’m on three different hospital pathways for fairly serious treatments at the moment and it’s all getting a bit overwhelming. I needed to get “good” blood pressure readings today to send to one of the hospitals and my anxiety was so high the ones I was getting this morning really weren’t good, so I did some drawing – and after a couple of hours my BP had reduced from high to normal and I was feeling so much better. Thanks to Siobhan and the Museum by Sktchy app for the free therapy.

Éryka

Last year when I was struggling with the first Covid lockdown in the UK I had some behavioural activation therapy (a form of cognitive behavioural therapy or CBT). The most important lesson I learned from that therapy was not to wait to feel motivated to do the things that help me to relax or lift my mood, but to schedule these things in every day and do them no matter how unmotivated I’m feeling. Right now I really don’t feel motivated to draw but I’m doing my best to do it every day regardless. I don’t always manage it, but I’m trying my best and when I do pull off a good hour or two of drawing I feel so much better for it.

Today I drew a full portrait of Éryka from Sktchy with Copic markers and Prismacolor coloured pencils. It’s a good likeness and completing it lifted my mood and makes me want to draw another one tomorrow.