Every Monday features a tip, activity, inspiring quote or some other tidbit that helps boost your body image, whether directly or indirectly — and hopefully kick-starts the week on a positive note!
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According to Deborah Putnoi, in her book, The Drawing Mind: Silence Your Inner Critic and Release Your Creative Spirit, “…by engaging a part of yourself — part of your brain — through drawing, you will discover new things about yourself, your connection with yourself, and your world.”
The Drawing Mind is open, curious and nonjudgemental. Connecting to that part of ourselves can help to improve a negative body image, which lives in judgement, rigidity and narrow thinking.
Drawing is also a healthy way to express your emotions and cope with stress.
In the beginning of the book Putnoi introduces her rules for drawing (rules that I think are important for a better body image and living a full life):
Here are a few exercises to get you started.
Draw with your eyes closed. As Putnoi writes, “When the world gets too loud and busy. When the world is screaming and you need some space, close your eyes and let your pencil carry you away.” She suggests taking a few slow, deep breaths, feeling the breath filling your lungs and then leaving them. Then let your hand do the drawing.
Draw to music. Pick four types of music, and create a drawing for each kind. Only use marks, which can be any kind of dot, line or dash. According to Putnoi, “You will draw your experience of listening to the music. When you listen to the music, think of your pencil dancing on the page to the sounds and rhythm of the music.” She says to think of the music coming from the tip of your pencil.
Draw a map of who you are. Draw an outline of your face, and start filling it with your traits and qualities — anything and everything that makes you you. For instance, Putnoi suggests creating shapes and filling them with your characteristics.
Do you enjoy drawing? What do you like about it? What are your favorite things to draw?
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Last reviewed: 7 May 2012