I'd like to share an experience I had this week. I paint with a group of artists every Thursday. I do not like the heat and it was predicted to be 100+ degrees. I had a terrible morning when our indoor cat got out. In attempt to catch her my husband was bit and terribly scratched. I cleaned up his hand and arm. He wasn't worried and went to work. I put my sketching gear in the car with only slight intention of actually using it. I planned to show up for a brief time and be on my way.
I'm so glad I went! One of our members came dressed in a beautiful costume from head to toe. We gathered in the park under the shade of the trees and I happily painted away. The interesting thing is I showed up with less than positive attitude but by the time I left my spirits were lifted.
Art has a way of helping us deal with the stress of life. So on the days when I feel sad, angry, stress...is probably the day I would most benefit from the healing qualities of art. Even when you don't feel like showing up it may be exactly what you need to do. Just a thought.