This blog post is very special to me–it fulfills one of my goals as an artist!
First…a little background:
I have shared before that I have several chronic pain issues that I deal with. Like most people who are chronically ill, my life has changed dramatically over the years. Things that were once important have been given up and priorities have been realigned to include only the barest of essentials…food, shelter, family, and health. As my world shrank, depression set in and I found an intense need for ways to cope with pain and pass time cheerfully. Arts and crafts had been an important part of my life, but because of pain and fatigue, most of my passions had been abandoned, so I began a search for something to fill the void. Something I could do from my recliner with my feet elevated. Something I could take breaks from when flare-ups occurred. Something I could learn by myself and do without too much expense.
Drawing entered my world in the form of Zentangling and doodles. This was perfect for me…I had discovered the power of art to cope with pain. I drew every day, and eventually coloring and this website were created. As my talent has grown, so has my self-esteem which I had lost to my illnesses.
I now look forward to my daily time with my art, and I am so grateful that the hours of pain slip by me almost unnoticed. There are times that art is more beneficial than some of my medications, plus when I am done I am more cheerful and blissful than when I started. (This is where the BLISS in Coloring Pages Bliss comes from.) It is a miracle, and ever since this miracle happened in my life, I have wanted to share with others how I use art to cope with pain.
Sharing my miracle:
I have spent a lot of time this last month pondering my art process and condensing it into 5 Steps to Pain Relief that I hope will express how I use art to cope with pain. I have also researched how others use art and have discovered that many therapists, doctors, teachers, and other pain sufferers use art as a form of meditation, therapy and stress relief. Art is powerful!!
In addition to sharing these steps with you, I have created 2 FREE coloring pages dedicated to my fellow pain warriors. I loved creating these and imagining you trying out the 5 steps while you color.
Please share these steps and coloring pages with anyone you know who may need some help coping with pain. It is my dearest hope that this will help and bless as many people as possible.
I’d love to hear how these steps work for you and any other ways you use art to cope with pain.