As many people struggle with, there are days when I feel as though I cannot slow down the thoughts in my mind. Endless ideas, a never-ending to-do list, a things-I-forgot-to-do list; I find my brain is inundated and in need of a reprieve from the ridiculous cycle. In trying to divert the onslaught of constant thoughts, I’ve found exercise works, sometimes. Playing my drums helps, on occasion. Reading a book can be calming, but only if it keeps my attention. And sometimes none of those are enough.
Thankfully, I’ve discovered there is a stress relief solution, one that is grand, one that’s simple and spectacularly mind-numbing, but in the best of ways.
I started doodling.
When I grab a scrap piece of paper and sit down with Sharpie in hand, I have no expectations of creating art, no plans to make anything grand and noteworthy.
I just doodle. And I relax.
Do you doodle? How do you unwind and let go of your day-to-day stress?