Self-Care Challenge (Day 54): Zentangling

On day 54 of my 366-day self-care challenge, I explored zentangling as a way to relax my mind.

Zentangle, a modern form of doodling, is a fun way to shift into a state of relaxation. The endless combinations of interconnected patterns can be mesmerizing – so much so, that they can help us block out life’s “noise” and refocus our attention.

Adult coloring books have become quite popular over the past year: major bookstores, gift shops and even grocery stores have them shelved in high traffic areas. But this seemingly child-like activity isn’t just for kids. While it’s certainly a fun way to reminisce about our childhood, there may also be some potential health benefits, namely reducing stress and anxiety.

While some have argued that coloring is not a form of art expression, many forms of sketching and drawing are. What I love about Zentangle is that in just a couple of minutes I can spill my random ideas onto paper, then resume whatever it was I was doing with a refreshed, renewed mind.

Having an outlet for our creativity helps us express the emotive aspects of our health. No matter what your form of self-expression, choosing activities that are healthy (or at least not harmful) can help support your well-being in many ways.

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