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by Merina Navarro
(Rancho Cucamonga, Ca, USA)



The first time in years I decided to create something, and the first time I decided to go for it and use acrylic paint, and on a large canvas.

I have struggled with depression and anxiety for years and found out recently I have symptoms of PTSD. It was a lot to take in. I decided my "self-care" that week would be painting. As I painted, I felt so calm and at peace, and I was reminded why I love to create, whether it is a form of art or baking.

While I painted I came to terms with my depression, anxiety, and PTSD. I was finally able to tell myself these things don't control me, nor define me. They are simply a part of my story and it is OK.

By the time I was finished with my painting, I felt as if a huge weight was lifted.

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May 09, 2018
Thank you NEW
by: Anonymous

It's so brave of you to share yourself as you have. congratulations on your piece . keep painting I know it is a wonderful healing tool .

Mar 26, 2018
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by: Bonnie Fontaine

Thank you so much for sharing your story. I too have anxiety, PTSD, and I am bipolar. Creating is something that has saved my life many times. It is a way I can feel good about myself and can feel some peace. Please keep creating, and nourish your soul.

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