Mindful Art Making for Anxiety and Stress

Updated: Sep 5

By Jessica Waters, MA, NLC, MPS, MPC, CCTS, CCFP, CTSS, CCATP, CGCS, CMHIMP, CAIMHP, CDMDP, AMTP, ADHD-CS, ADHD-CE, ADDC, MARS

Let's stop all the talking... and do some art. What you'll need for this is a pen, any type of pencil, fine tipped marker or micron pen. Whatever you have in the house works. All you need is a simple piece of paper. I'd recommend small to start out with, like the quarter of a regular size sheet of copy paper. If you wanna go big the first time, use half a sheet. Below I'm going to lead you in Mindful Doodling. Some call it Tangling or the commercial name is Zentangles. It's been around for a log time but it's effective. If you have read any of my blog posts prior there is a scientific basis for engaging in repetitive task art making and movement to calm the central nervous system and get yourself out of your amygdala, your fight or flight center. Watch the video below and follow along, or better yet... take off on your own tangling/doodling tangent. I'd love to see your work, so please feel free to share by emailing me or on our newly formed Facebook Group. Happy doodling! Be back in a couple days with more.





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