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July 4th: Daily Doodle For My Health – Stress Reliever

Four days into drawing a Daily doodle goal for each day this month. Today’s doodle could one day turn into a full Mental Health Humor cartoon. On July 2,  I would try a “Tangle” style doodle.  I started out with an optical illusion with squares… It was a total fail… I didn’t even bother shading it.

Time to draw: 40 min.  Originally the doodle was drawn in less than five minutes. (see below) I was going back and flushing out the doodle taking a bit more time. I must point out, the longer draw time was fun, enjoyable, and a stress reliever.

The cartoon is a way to mentally prepare for many planned fireworks displays.  The bangs, booms, and explosions can trigger anyone living with PTSD, or anxiety.  It’s worth noting pets fall into that category!

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“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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July 4th: Daily Doodle For My Health – Stress Reliever

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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Stewart, C. (2018). July 4th: Daily Doodle For My Health – Stress Reliever. Psych Central. Retrieved on July 4, 2020, from


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