Get Your Creative Juices Flowing to Become Peaceful and Focused

by | Dec 7, 2023 | Blog & Stories, Featured

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I’m so excited to chat with you about the incredible world of ​Doodling, Neurographics, Zentangle, and Coloring – four fantastic tools that can work wonders in helping us manage stress and anxiety. Art has this magical ability to tap into our emotions and create a sense of calm and mindfulness. Even if you don’t consider yourself an artist, these activities are accessible to everyone and can make a significant difference in your mental health.

Let’s start with doodling

Doodling is often seen as a mindless activity, but it’s far from it. In reality, doodling engages your brain in a way that allows you to focus and concentrate. It’s a bit like a mini-escape for your mind, giving it a break from the stressors of everyday life.

You might be surprised to learn that famous thinkers like Albert Einstein and Steve Jobs were great doodlers. Einstein’s doodles were often equations and scientific diagrams, while Jobs used doodling as a way to brainstorm and generate creative ideas. So, the next time you find yourself scribbling on a notepad during a meeting, know that you’re in good company!

Did you know that doodling isn’t just a creative outlet, but it can also boost your memory? Research has shown that people who doodle while listening to information retain more details than those who don’t. It’s like giving your brain a playful playground to frolic in while absorbing new information. So, the next time you find yourself absentmindedly doodling during a meeting or a lecture, know that your brain is not only unwinding but also gearing up to remember things more effectively. Doodling: the secret sauce for creativity and memory retention!

 

galitta Healing arts video about Happy goddessa design Zentangle

Drawing Zentangles not only sparks creativity but can also be a fantastic stress-buster. The Zentangle Method is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. We call these patterns, tangles. You create tangles with combinations of dots, lines, simple curves, S-curves, and orbs.

When you engage in Zentangle art, you enter a meditative state, similar to mindfulness, where worries fade away, and you become fully immersed in the present moment. Studies have shown that activities like Zentangling can lower cortisol levels, the hormone associated with stress. It’s like a mini-vacation for your brain, allowing it to recharge and rejuvenate. The rhythmic nature of creating Zentangle patterns promotes relaxation and can even help improve focus and concentration.

Coloring

And who could forget the classic art of coloring? Coloring isn’t just for kids – it’s a fantastic stress reliever for adults too. When you color, you engage both the creative and logical parts of your brain. Choosing colors and deciding where to apply them provides a mindful escape from the chaos of daily life.

Psychologists often refer to this as “color therapy” or “art therapy,” recognizing the positive impact it has on mental well-being. Coloring can help regulate your emotions, enhance your focus, and bring a sense of tranquillity. There’s a reason adult coloring books and mandalas,  Buddhist devotional images, have become so popular in recent years – they offer a simple and enjoyable way to unwind and express yourself.

Whether you’re a seasoned artist or someone who hasn’t picked up a pencil in years, remember that these creative exercises are for everyone. Embrace the doodles, dive into zentangle, and let the colors flow. You might find that these simple yet powerful activities become your go-to tools for managing stress, enhancing your mindset, and promoting positive mental health.

Happy creating!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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