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A Month Of Daily Doodling Around What Have I learned

Over the past month, I made it a goal to try to draw a Daily Doodle.  At first, I thought I would share each one on my blog, but after about week into Doodling, a few things were apparent.

  •  Doodling daily does require a commitment.
  • Not every doodle was a work of art or shareable.  Example, one day I just scribbled on paper, with no idea, no reason, no thought… just feelings.  Well, it looks just as you would think it would look, like paper with scribbles on it.  Not the best blog content.  Or this Doodle below that started out as a hand and then went into more scribbles.

    Writers get writers block – Do Doodles get doodle block?
  • There are many types of doodling.  (This is amazing to me, how many types and styles there are and different techniques.)
  • Simple is fun.

What I learned About Doodling

As you can see for from today’s Daily Doodle as we close out the Month, that I feel it’s time to party down.  I feel good about my personal accomplishment of trying to do something as creative thinking every day.  Even if it was just a creative expression of a scribble or if I drew a cartoon or illustration.

Doing this doodle got my mind working.  Yes, it got me thinking and drawing some weird things.  I only shared half of them, some were too weird, some had no muse like “the hand”.   So I just shared the doodles that fit the main category.  No, it was not artistic.

Nope, this is the only category that matters to me. They are the Doodles that help me cope with emotions.

See, I tried to draw a doodle when I was feeling stressed, depressed. One I drew when I was having symptoms of suicidal ideation, dealing with anger, and total defeat and feelings of worthlessness.

The point, I did not just Doodle for a blog post. I Doodled for an actual coping mechanism technique to deal with the everyday symptoms I experience.  Honestly, I felt, at times, getting lost drawing a doodle to be relaxing giving me time to unwind.

I did not follow any set rules or technique, just when I was aware of my mood (I’m not always aware of my moods right away.) I pick up my tablet, pen, and paper and draw, scribble.

Truly feel the Daily Doodle (while it might not be every day per se) is going to be in my Wellness Tool Box.

 

“My parameters are simple: draw what comes to mind. Focus on a feeling and doodle it out…No color, just black and white images.  I want to also try to add a time limit of 20 minutes max (something new). No, this will not be  Zentangle, or “Tangle” but some principles apply and I may do a few of my own patterns.”

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Reference
Stewart, Chato. (2018). A Month Of Daily Doodle Around What Have I learned. Psych Central. Retrieved on July 30, 2018, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/humor/2018/07/daily-doodle-i-learned/

A Month Of Daily Doodling Around What Have I learned

Chato Stewart

Chato Stewart has a mission, to draw and use humor as a positive tool to live, to cope with the debilitating effects symptoms of mental illness. Chato Stewart is a Mental Health Hero and Advocate. Recovery Peer Specialist board-certified in Florida. Chato is the artist behind the cartoons series Mental Health Humor, Over-Medicated, and The Family Stew - seen here in his blog posts. The cartoons are drawn from his personal experience of living with bipolar disorder (and other labels). [email protected]


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APA Reference
Stewart, C. (2018). A Month Of Daily Doodling Around What Have I learned. Psych Central. Retrieved on August 19, 2018, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/humor/2018/07/daily-doodle-i-learned/

 

Last updated: 30 Jul 2018
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 30 Jul 2018
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