Turning to books and art when you’re feeling anxious is a treatment for anxiety but not a cure. They have a calming effect and allow you the freedom to express your creativity. You should not give them up.
It is good that you have a way to treat your anxiety. It would be better if you found a way to cure your anxiety. Anxiety is very curable. Your art is a relief from your anxiety, but it is not a cure. It is good that you have your art as an effective form of symptom relief, but it would be better if you did not need symptom relief and that is exactly what counseling can do for you.
Counseling and medication are treatments for anxiety and have the potential to cure it. Mainstream treatments for anxiety are based on scientific studies proven to be effective. Seeking professional treatment is the most expeditious way to cure your anxiety. Coping is good but a cure is better. Please take care.