You may not have thought of doodling as a coping strategy. Doodling is something a number of us do or have done during class, meetings, conference calls or during jury duty to name a few. It is spontaneous, unconscious or unfocused loose sketching. It's like journaling except you are using lines and shapes instead of words. In the past and maybe some current teachers would say this is a distraction for students to do in class and tell them to stop. Your boss would probably think it would be rude if you were doing it in a meeting or training, not realizing it has many benefits.
According to Marelisa, author of 7 Benefits of Doodling and How to Get Started, "doodling is associated with more effective learning, concentration, increased productivity and better performance." In addition doodling helps process emotions, relieves anxiety, reduces stress and provides a creative outlet for kids and adults. Youki Terada, author of 17 Ways to Help Children with ADHD Concentrate, says "doodling can help many children focus, not just the ones with ADHD." Some students benefit if they draw during storytime or a lesson. There are several studies that have shown regular doodlers have stronger memories than those who don't doodle. The secret to doodling is that it prevents day dreaming while establishing focus. Some of the most beautiful art comes from doodling. The doodle art below was created by my 10 year old son.
I saw him doodling during online learning using his little brothers magna doodle board. He told me he was doodling because he was frustrated about something and it helped him calm down. I must say I was proud he found a positive way to help control his emotions. I remember serving jury duty and noticed that not only was I doodling, other jurors and even the lawyers of the trial were doodling as well. For me, it was self-soothing and it definitely prevented me from day dreaming during the repetitive arguments during the trial. So to all my doodlers keep doing what your doing, your coping strategy is one of the best out there. If you have never tried it and would like to, below are some tips.
Doodling Tips (take slow deep breaths before you start):
-Freestyle doodling- let your mind and hands take over without overthinking. Doodle whatever comes to mind.
-Use a stencil
- Use a magna doodle board (this can be used by adults and children)
If you want to learn more ways to doodle their are books and doodling YouTube videos that can help guide you.
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