Coloring and Doodling for Self-Care

coloring and doodling for self-careLately I have been finding a desire to just sit quietly for a few moments to color and enjoy a cup of coffee or a glass of wine. It may only be 15 or 20 minutes, or I may sit longer. There is something very relaxing and soothing about coloring or doodling that I have found drawn to. Sometimes I’m alone, other times I’m sitting by my husband or children, or I’m at a coffee house chatting with a friend while coloring. Sometimes it is silent; sometimes I am listening to instrumental music.

adult coloring page
Page from “Secret Paris: Color Your Way To Calm by Zoe De Las Cases”, color added

One of the things I love about the adult coloring books is that the pictures are drawn for me and all I have to decide on is the color I will choose to use. My tip to fighting the perfectionist in me who often keeps me from making art is purposely choosing colors that seem unnatural for the image or uncommon for me to use. In this way I am stretching my own limits. All in all, sitting with a coloring book is fairly mindless leaving me to be in the moment or ponder other thoughts. The movement of the pencil to the paper is also very soothing.

adult coloring book
Page from “Secret Paris: Color Your Way To Calm by Zoe De Las Cases”, color added

Doodling is something I have been trying to do more of lately. I grab a black pen and draw an illustration of something and then color it in with colored pencils or gelatos. My tip to fighting the perfectionist here is to do something simple and on a smaller sheet of paper. I’m getting more comfortable with small, simple images until I build my confidence, and talent, in drawing. Its been a fun experience.

doodling for self-care
Original artwork by Kristen Crouch (aka doodling)
doodling for self-care
Original Artwork by Kristen Crouch
doodling for self-care
Original Artwork by Kristen Crouch (aka doodling)
doodling for self-care
Original Artwork by Kristen Crouch
doodling for self-care
Original Artwork by Kristen Crouch

Coloring seems so simple but it can be so therapeutic for self-care. Pairing it with a comforting beverage, a comfortable environment, and/or a pleasing and relaxing essential oil like Tranquil or Lavender makes it that much more enjoyable and effective.

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