Beating Depression Through Art

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How doing what I love, even when I'm too depressed, makes me feel 100 times better

It’s colouring time!

I always talk about starting small when you’re overwhelmed, doing something you love even if your depression has taken the fun out of it. I’ve been feeling so awful lately that I figured it was time to put some of my own advice into practice.

I decided to do the simplest art project I could think of: colouring. I found a simple design online, printed it out, and coloured it in with magic markers. I enjoyed it so much I did a second one, too!

It was really hard to make myself do this, mainly because I could think of 500 other more important things I “should” be doing with my time. I’ve been too sick to stay on top of dishes or laundry or any of those things that we actually need to do to keep our life in functioning order.

But I just can’t do those things right now. I can’t. I haven’t the mental energy or the physical energy.

Art is one thing that used to make me feel like me. So I put “feeling like me again” ahead of the dishes and laundry.

Beating Depression Through Art


I really pushed myself to do something I would find fun, even though it didn’t feel like fun at first. It took a week for me to find a design, print it out, find space to colour, sit down, choose markers, etc, but I still did it. AND I ENJOYED IT! So much that I did a second colouring page:

Beating Depression Through Art


Colouring is a really soothing activity, whether you enjoy art or not. Don’t overthink it, just pick some colours. If even that is overwhelming, use a cool colour scheme (blue, purple, green) or a warm colour scheme (red, yellow, orange), like I did.

Visit my Pinterest board called “Colour Me” to see lots of colouring pages! If you want to colour some snazzy motivational words like the ones I did, you can find the “Dream” and “Confidence” pages here.

Colouring didn’t solve any of my adult life problems like doing chores, but it made life feel like less of a chore. Totally worth it.





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10 Comments on “Beating Depression Through Art”

  1. Jan

    Hello Erin,
    First i want to say that you did a great thing by helping yourself to not stay stuck. It take a lot of strength to do things when we are not doing well.
    I know a therapist that when she is going through a difficult time with her chronic health issues she colors.
    She also does that with her clients too.

    And don’t beat yourself up by what you think you should be doing. It’s okay to be just where you are right now. You are doing the best you can at this time
    It’s not your fault, give yourself a break .
    Your colorings are beautiful!
    Thank you for sharing them. I hope you feel better soon. Thinking of you. Peace and Blessings, Jan

  2. Adam

    Hi Erin,

    Thanks so much for publishing this latest blog. Lovely colorings you’ve done! I find it very difficult to just be myself, to find activities which make me feel like myself. It is not very often that I am able to be self motivated like you were, in the sense that you knew that coloring made you “feel like yourself” again, and that is why you chose it. While dishes and the laundry are important, being true to yourself and what you love is how you leave your mark on the world. Thank you for setting a great example!


    1. Erin

      Thanks so much, Adam! What really brought about the colouring idea was the fact that it’s something I do when hospitalized. It’s a way to pass the time and talk to others a little. Not too overwhelming. So after years of doing it during crisis, I’m finally doing it at home when I want to. I’m usually “too busy” but yeah, it was fun to sit down and play a little like this. Thanks so much for your comment. :)

  3. Mar

    I use coloring to deal with anxiety, the next thing I’m planning to color is a Johanna Basford drawing. Thank you for the links! Unrelated question, have you thought about running ads on the blog?

  4. Liberty

    That’s great that you managed to do something nice for yourself, Colouring is great, have you tried those beautiful adult colouring books? hope your ok xo

  5. kinnery

    i struggle a lot with getting myself to do things i enjoy, especially when i’m struggling a lot. maybe it’s time for me to open up my craft drawer!

    love you so much erin. thanks for the inspiration and permission to do some self-care!

  6. paul

    When I find myself starting to slip I find that throwing myself into a hobby type activity (almost to the point of obsessiveness) helps bring me back to a sense of normalcy. Great to see others finding that works for them as well. Your colourings are awesome.

  7. Susan

    Hi Erin,

    I recently found your blog & I’m so happy I did! I can truly relate to how you’re feeling. I am currently experiencing similar things in my life. In fact my family physician has me on medical leave from work & I feel so guilty for not contributing to our family finances. I have recently been able to set myself one goal per day even if it’s just getting showered & dressed.

    I love to craft and I and make greeting cards for my family & friends. I can’t make myself go into my craft room right now, although I have lots of ideas and want to be creative. I love your idea & I love to colour. Maybe I’ll try it.

    Sending you warm hugs!

    Take care,

    Thanks for sharing your experience(s) with depression with us.

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