image_heatherk536I create art because it helps me feel good.  My name is Heather Kindt and I work with mixed media. I have a BS in Psychology from Brigham Young University and I openly discuss the role art plays in my life. So here I am with Gel Press and a platform to reach out. Because I have suffered for over 15 years with anxiety/depression, fibromyalgia, other chronic pain, and chronic fatigue issues, it became difficult to keep going on with life. I discovered that art helps me to go on. It is that simple. Since I found the healing power of art I have been spreading the message in the hope of finding others who might also benefit.

Health issues interfered with what I pictured my life would be like. I had to make adjustments and find a way to redesign my purpose. Depression is a great burden that tries to convince me I have no worth, I am not important, I have nothing to offer and there is no reason to live. Logically, I knew that was the depression talking, but it was not enough to defeat those thoughts with logic.

There is no reason to feel intimidated when you see other people’s artwork. I am self-taught and did not grow up with artistic talent. In 2011, I took an online class called Art Journaling 101 by Dina Wakley. With a few techniques and a very curious mind, I began my journey. The more I created the calmer I felt. I had a task that was fun, rewarding and helped me feel that I have value. That does not mean I turned down other avenues of support for my health. I would see the right doctors, take the proper medicine, and go to therapy. However, creating something beautiful with my hands made me proud and was physical proof against the defeatist thoughts of depression.

I am here to openly share with you all my experiences in hopes of inspiring someone, even one person, to try something new that could help you feel better.

Here is an archive of Heather’s articles for Gel Press.

You can find out more about Heather Kindt at colormeheather.typepad.com/blog/ and follow her on her social media sites, listed below:

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