We’re almost at the end of our 30 Day Self Care Challenge! It’s time for one last stress reducing tip to add to your self care arsenal. It’s kind of fun…doodling and fidgeting for anxiety and overall mental health.
I hope you’ve given all the quick stress buster tips I’ve shared with you so far a try and have found a few that you want to deploy regularly. Don’t forget to do the same with today’s tip!
How Fidget Spinners Help With Anxiety
Fidget spinners and cubes have become a very popular way to keep your hands busy and reduce stress at the same time. But if you think about it, it’s really nothing new. Many of us already do it. We might fidget with pens, buttons, keys, and anything else we can find. When we’re not fidgeting with our pens and pencils, we’re using them to doodle. I’m sure you’ve found yourself doing this during a meeting, a class, or a phone conversation at one time in your life!
Fidgeting helps us focus and it is a great stress reliever. If you’re not in the habit of fidgeting or give it a try. The rhythmic motion of playing with any type of doodle device tends to slow down your heart rate and might even help to lower your blood pressure… all great signs signs that fidgeting helps you to relax.
Getting started is easy enough. Just look around your house to see what kinds of fidgeting devices you already have on hand or carry with you. Make a small pile of everything that looks like it could be a good fidgeting device and give it a try while you’re sitting around having conversations, watching TV, or even just resting for a few minutes.
With time, you’ll figure out what works well for you. Some fidget spinners will work great for you and feel like lots of fun, while others may frustrate you to no end. Make a short list of the fun and relaxing ones.
Then simply make sure you have your fidget spinners easily accessible wherever you may need them. You can also check out of the inexpensive devices made specifically for fidgeting. Fidget spinners are the hot new trend right now, but they might be bit annoying and distracting to others.
Fidget cubes may be a better alternative. Trial and error will show you what works the best for you. Then simply get in the habit of using them as reduce stress and help you to relax.
Doodling Your Way to Better Mental Health
Doodling is a simple way to reconnect with your long lost creative side. It’s fun, easy and very accessible. You can do it anywhere, even if all you have is a pen and scratch paper.
While it can help you get in touch with your inner artist, doodling is also a great way to reduce stress and tension as well as improving mindfulness. Not only that but doodling can also improve memory and make it easier for you to focus. And best of all, it can leave you feeling relaxed and revitalized.
To get started with doodling, you can grab a sheet of paper and begin right away . But it can also be helpful to use doodling books. These are books filled with designs and doodles that will inspire you to get started.
You can learn how to mix and match different patterns to create stunning images. Begin with a book like Joy of Zentangle or Zendoodle: Meditative Drawing to Calm Your Inner Self. If you’d like to commit to doodling daily, then you might like One Zentangle a Day.
Once you’ve spent some time learning about the art of creative doodling, you can branch out a bit. Check out a few doodle prompt books. The ideas on these pages will get your hand moving but are simple enough that you can enjoy a quiet conversation or listen to your kids playing in the background while working.
A good one to start with is Draw, Doodle, Design by Parragon Books. It contains hundreds of prompts and the high-quality pages are perfect for markers, pencils, crayons, and more. Another beloved title is Creative Doodling & Beyond You can practice your doodles inside the book, making it easy to implement each prompt.
Whether you choose to fidget or doodle, go ahead and have some fun with it!