Hi...I'm Renee!

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Can Doodle Painting REALLY Calm Your Thoughts? Yes! Yes! Yes!

Can Doodle Painting REALLY Calm Your Thoughts? Yes! Yes! Yes!

Guess what happened to me on Saturday night?

Yep! You're lookin' at it.

I was sitting in my nice, cozy chair.  Just before C's bedtime. Checking my email and reading some blogs. Content and happy.

C decided she wanted to come sit next to me.

No problem.  I always LOVE when I get this little moment since she's ALL over the place now. :)

I placed my laptop on the side of the chair.  Got her settled.  Went back over to my laptop so I could close it.  Put my thumb in the wrong spot (on the screen) and in an instant, my screen went CRAZY!

And my thoughts did, too!

I've done this twice with past ipods (2 of them...dropped one at the gym on Guam, then dropped another one when I was pregnant in Virginia...yep, not happy about those incidents), but now, my awesome laptop that I love dearly in NOLA. (Do you see a trend here????)

Are you kidding me!?!?

I sat there, trying to stay calm, but my thoughts were OUT OF CONTROL! (Isn't it amazing what material things do to us).

I tried to keep looking on the bright side of the situation, but, yeah, my thoughts kept downspiraling QUICKLY.

  • "I just broke the most expensive laptop we've ever bought".
  • "Damian is probably SO mad at me right now".  (He was sitting on the couch next to me and he stayed pretty quiet...oh man!).
  • "How am I going to keep up with everything that I don't look at on the desktop".
  • "HOW did I DO THIS AGAIN"!!!!
  • "OMG! OMG! OMG! OMG!  Stay calm! Stay calm! Stay calm"!

After realizing that my worrisome thoughts weren't getting any better, I immediately pulled out my paints and a blank canvas once C went to bed.

I knew I needed a break from my left brain (out of control) thoughts.

And the only way I can do that is with some mindless (right brain) creativity activity!

And, by mindless, I mean an activity that requires NO how to's. NO trying to figure out. (My brain is already fried from the day, so NO hardcore thinking allowed!).

Just something I can easily flow with or flow into. Something that the only thoughts are, "What doodle do I feel like painting and what colors are calling out to me right now".

So I chose one of my favorite de-stressing doodles...doodles I like to call, Christmas Lights or Curlie Cues.

I do these A LOT!  They relax me  no time!

So I got my ipod.  Put on my headsets, and began playing with color while listening to Groove Salad.

Not even 10 minutes later, I felt a shift.

My thoughts weren't focused on my laptop as much.

Instead, they were focused on the fun colors I was mixing up and the way the brush slowly placed that color on the canvas.

I felt calmer.  More at ease.  More present.  More still.

I was humming and smiling.

I couldn't get enough of the vibrant colors.

I felt like a little kid again.

All of those stressed out thoughts I was having melted away in the canvas.

As much I tried to focus on what had just happened with my laptop, I just couldn't stay there.  My mind wanted to just BE in the colors of the canvas.

And a little over an hour later, I ended up with this COLORful beauty.

And a CALMer mind and body.

When I was done, yeah, I still had some thoughts about my broken laptop.

But the thoughts weren't as intense anymore. They were more calming, and sad at times.

And, yes, everyday I get a little upset that I can't use my laptop right now, but, again, I'm more at ease when those thoughts come back.

Instead of beating myself up, I'm now thinking to myself,

  • "The time will come when you'll be able to fix it or replace it".
  • "You'll be able to do just fine without it."
  • "And, now, since it's broken, I won't spend wasted hours online anymore...ha"! (That's a good thing, right!)

So take it from me. If you ever find yourself in one of these situations, where your left brain is taking over with all those...

  • "OMG! What in the hell did you just do"?
  • "You suck"!
  • "Good going"!
  • "You just broke the most expensive material item ever"!

thoughts, then try some doodle painting (or doodle on some paper if you don't have paints).

It'll have you at ease in no time.

And, when I say ease, I'm talking about right brain land. The land of the present. The land of gratitude. The land of life is SO much more than material things. The land of everything will be OK. The land of a reFRESHing aaaaaaah.

I'm not even kidding.  EVERY single time I create some mindless daily doodle time in my art journal, or on a canvas, my entire inner world shifts, in the most awesome way.

I ALWAYS feel lighter, brighter, clearer, happier and CALMer! It's amazing (and, drumroll please...badahdahdhadhahdahdha...inexpensive!).

So starting today,  I give you permission to get some paints, some crayons, some pens, and doodle for 5 to 10 minutes when you feel your left brain is way out of control with worrisome and critical thoughts.  When you do, come back and tell me how it went for you.  How were your thoughts before starting the doodle?  How were your thoughts while doing the doodle? How were your thoughts after the doodle?

I can't wait to hear about your shift! :)

Oh, and one more thing, if this has happened to one of your electronic devices, did you get it fixed, or did you have to get an entire new device?  Thanks! :)

Until next time...

{life IS a doodle!}

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