Girlfriend Guru Renee Yemma understands how caught up we all get in our daily lives. She provides great advice for de-stressing, relaxing, and calming down. And who couldn’t use that? Thanks girlfriend!
September is a special month around Girlfriendology – it’s International Women’s Friendship Month (aka: #FriendshipMonth) and we’re celebrating with 30 great guest blogs filled with fabulous girlfriend advice and wisdom. Today we hear from a girlfriend, and Girlfriend Guru, RENEE YEMMA …
You’ve had a long and stressful day. All you think about is getting in the bathtub to unwind once you get home. Once in, your body feels amazing, but your mind keeps playing the day over and over again in your head. And not only that, it’s already jumped to what you need to do tomorrow and the next day and the next.
There are SO many ways to relax from the stresses of the day, but there’s one way that’s rarely talked about when it comes calming our thoughts (and our body).
And that link is mindless-creative activity, or, what I like to call doodling.
This type of activity has a special way of giving us a break from the hectic to-dos of the day. It requires no thought, no how-tos, no figuring out, no grades, and no rules.
Many of us did this as a child and many of us still do this now (on hold on the phone, waiting for an appointment, or while listening to a speaker that isn’t that interesting).
But, did you know that it’s the easiest and fastest way to calm your thoughts?
Yep! The reason is that we live our lives in a very left-brain dominated world (worry, doubt, achieve, pay bills, go-go-go).
And because of this, our right-brain doesn’t get the much needed attention that it deserves, which has our thoughts in constant “to-do list” chatter mode, leaving us feeling exhausted, depleted, and stressed.
In order to reap relaxing mind-body benefits after a long and stressful day, we’ve got to balance out our left-brain thought and activity with right-brain thought and activity.
Had a day filled with charts and numbers that leaves you feeling exhausted and unmotivated to do anything else? Doodle!
Had a day filled with screaming kiddos calling for your attention 24/7 that leaves you wanting to scream and run away for days? Doodle!
Just like we need to workout our bodies so we can stay fit and trim, we also need to workout our right brain so we can stay calm and relaxed no matter what the day brings.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Drawing paper
- Crayons, colored pencils or markers
Here’s what you do:
- Find a nice quiet place where you can be alone.
- Look at your crayons and observe the colors. Pick one color that’s calling out to you in that very moment.
- Take your paper and place your crayon on it.
- For 5 seconds, move and swirl your coloring tool all over the paper without lifting up (this will create many circles).
- After 5 seconds is up, color anything your heart desires in each circle.
- You can do polka dots (like the one I did below), color each circle with your favorite colors, fill it in with hearts, flowers, lines…anything that feels good to you.
Every time you take a mindless-creative activity break, your thoughts will calm and you’ll feel refreshed and ready for the rest of the day.
But you’ve got to do this for longer than five minutes, because you’re left brain will have a field day at first.
You might hear:
- “I’m not creative. I can’t do that.”
- “How stupid. I’m not a kid anymore. I’m NOT doing that!”
- “Coloring? I’d rather knit!”
It’ll voice itself loud and clear (you might have already heard its voice while reading this).
Once you give it some time you’ll reap the benefits of calming your thoughts in a very, left-brain dominant world that has us drowning in constant to-dos every day.
So take the much needed break and relax your thoughts.
Your body, mind and soul will thank you (and so will all your girlfriends!).
RENEE YEMMA is founder and creator of Get Innergized with Renée and the Get Innergized System™ the proven step-by-step program that shows you exactly how to tap into your creative juices again so you can slow down, connecting within and nourish yourself with savoring foods, fun photos and colorful doodles. She uses mindless-creative activities to help melt away stress and to create energizing nourishment and balance. To learn more, visit www.reneeyemma.com.
When do you doodle, girlfriend? What other techniques do you use to de-stress? We’d love to see your comments below!
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Note: It’s September – International Women’s Friendship Month (#Friendship Month) and we’re celebrating all month long! From this interview and guest blog by Miss America, to a month of women’s wisdom and 30 guest blogs, to our Newsletter Sign-up Contest and Facebook fun, and more! Don’t miss out on any of it! SIGN UP for our Newsletter and ‘Like’ us on Facebook to stay up to date with all the fun friendship festivities and more!
Our September Friendship Month Guest Blogs so far …
- Sept 1 – MISS AMERICA, Teresa Scanlan – The Importance of Friendship
- Sept 2 – Shasta Nelson, GirlfriendCircles – Friendship in Stages – Advice for more Meaningful Friendships
- Sept 3 – Kimberly Anderson, Kim’s Closet TV – Giving back to your community with a Friend
- Sept 4 – Lynn Gasior, Cabin Chicks – Girlfriend Memories and Traditions
- Sept 5 – Rachel Awes, Artist – The Art of Girlfriends
- Sept 6 – Flo Schell, Joyful Aging – Heartfelt Advice on Friendships
- Sept 7 – Cherie Burbach, author, About.com editor – How to Understand Your Girlfriend’s Health Problems
- Sept 8 – Susan Mallery, best-selling author – Three Lessons a Girlfriend Can Learn from Tim Gunn
- Sept 9 – Elizabeth Patch, artists, body image Girlfriend Guru – Conversations with Ourselves
- Sept 10 – Donina Ifurung, On High Heels – Girls and the Art of Togetherness
- Sept 11 – Jennifer Buehlre Williams, Mom / Journalist – A Mom’s / Girlfriend’s Point of View of 9/11
- Sept 12 – Shanae Miller, Single Southern Mommy – Girlfriend Advice from Deep in the Heart
- Sept 13 – Kristin Peoples, CouponScribbles – Five Ways to Organize for Back to School Frenzy
- Sept 14 – Kimberley Freeman, author – Mary-Rose and the Mountain, A Tale of Two Girlfriends
- Sept 15 – Julie Anderson, Oh! Shoes brand ambassador – Buying Shoes can Change the World
- Sept 16 – Renee Yemme – Girlfriend Advice for De-Stressing