Draw Your Feelings


hand holding a pencil to paper and drawing

Journaling is a great way to express ourselves because writing helps organize and process our thoughts. Keeping a journal can also reduce stress by releasing emotions.


However, if you are having trouble finding the right words to say, you may benefit from drawing your feelings. Hiding depressed, sad, and disappointed feelings can lead to physical illness. It’s important to accept and never apologize for how you feel.


Your feelings are your feelings—they are not right nor wrong. If you are unable to convey your thoughts in words, try drawing them instead. Drawing can help you to express and manage difficult emotions.


You don’t need to be a trained artist or have an easel and drawing paper, just grab a sheet of paper and a pencil and start doodling. Before you begin, take a deep breath and try to identify what you are feeling. You may start by drawing a circle and adding facial features.


You can essentially draw how you feel with smiles or frowns, squinty or bright eyes. Eyebrows will express true emotions.


Your art journal can be as complicated or as simple as you like. You may choose to set up an area with paper, pens, pencils, and paints or you may just keep scratch paper available for a quick sketch of emotion.


These pictures can tell you a lot about yourself. If you don’t like what you see, maybe changes are in order.

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