I´m sure many of you did feel just as stressed out over the last holidays as I did. Which if you think of it, is ridiculous really, we should feel happy and excited, like we did when we we´re kids. I mean – it´s the holidays, right?
So, to help me get into a more appropriate frame of mind, i.e. feeling more relaxed about it all, I decided to try out something new – the art of Zentangle.
I´m sure all of you have doodled a little something on a piece of paper while talking on the phone, and this is not so very different in fact.
Take me, I made all of my Zentangles in front of the TV (it does speak volumes about the quality of the programs I was watching, doesn’t it? 😉 ).
Because I didn’t want to add new stress by having to think of a wonderful and original design, I simply had a look online at some patterns and pictures, chose the ones I liked best and that looked like you could do them in about an hour.
I started with a rather easy pattern, the little discs you see below.
As you can see, the lines are nowhere near equidistant to each other at times, and quite squiggly too. But that wasn´t the point of this exercise, at least it wasn’t for me. I just wanted to simply not care about how it all looked in the end but be able to go with the flow and keep doodling.
Pretty fast you will notice, should you be willing to give it a try, that you start feeling more relaxed – in my case my shoulders begin to drop, making it suddenly obvious to me that I was pulling them up all the time. At the same time you also begin to feel very focused on what you´re doing.
This might at first glance seem like a contradiction, but oddly it´s not.
Scientists more on more discover that creative expression of any kind does have a healing effect on both, the mind and the body.
As I´ve discovered while doing a bit of research for this blog post, there´s also the possibility to book courses with trained Zentangle teachers should you feel a bit overwhelmed at the idea to do it on your own, which sounds like a lovely way, to meet new people who share your interests and are supportive of your idea to express yourself creatively.
Because I had a little GoT watching marathon going on before the holidays, this last one of my Zentangles was a wolf, because you know, Winter Is Coming… 😉
What about you? Did you ever try Zentangle/Zendoodle/coloring books etc. to help you relax a little? Or do you have other ways and methods that help you? Looking forward to hear all about it in your comments!