Doodle away the Blues!

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Do you remember how you would doodle away on the last page of your notebook while your teacher taught you a topic you found utterly boring? Or, when you try solving puzzles in the newspapers and fill up the blank spaces on the paper with your squiggly, swirly doodles as you think of an answer? How calming it must feel, isn’t it, making those doodles?

Doodling has this calming as well as mesmerising effect on our mind and that’s why therapists often advice their patients to try and doodle when feeling anxious, sad and gloomy, or even angry. Doodling gives your mind an escape into the world of squiggles and curves, and helps distract your mind. Any pattern that you make continuously with your fingers–be it with a pencil on a book, or with your fingers on the soft sand at the beach, takes your mind away from all that disturbs your peace of mind and helps you focus on the present moment.

It’s a therapy for the troubled mind and soul.

It helps you come up with solutions to your problems, too, as it de-clutters your mind.

Have you observed your little one doodling with his crayon in his drawing book, or even on the wall, lost to the world, totally engrossed in that activity. It helps build concentration in children, which is why, as kindergarten kids, this is the primary activity they are encouraged to indulge in.

And, for those of you, who feel you have not a single creative bone in your body, doodling helps bring that hidden creativity to the surface and express your innermost thoughts.

It is the one activity I have indulged in since childhood and, which, today, helps me keep my anxiety under control. Drawing is more of a therapy for me today, than just an art form–if I don’t engage in this activity, I feel I have missed out on something very important. It’s part of my survival kit today.

Sharing today, some easy-to-make, really basic doodle patterns to begin with. All you will need is a paper and a pen and you are ready to get going!

Do drive away those nasty thoughts that tease you about your lack of creativity. Just make the pattern that comes to your mind, or look around for inspiration–nature, children, toys or patterns like zigzag lines, curvy shapes, concentric circles–there are countless examples.

I am sure in a matter of days you will be hooked on to this activity and making new patterns of your own!

The patterns may appear childish, but, believe me, making these will really amuse you and quieten your mind!




My winged babies provided the background score for some of the videos!


How doodling can help you focus on the moment and get over your stress.


Published by shilpagupte

Do you know the secret to living a happy life? Eat. Pray. Love. Or, watch what you eat, wish well for all and fill your heart with love! That's precisely what I try to do through my blogs: 'Metanoia', the wellness blogazine, and 'Fictionista', my blog for fiction and non-fiction. Welcome to my virtual homes!

16 thoughts on “Doodle away the Blues!

  1. Love the doodles and the videos too! So pretty and you’re right about doodling being a stress buster. My school notebooks are filled with these ❀️.

    By the way, Did you add the videos using Gutenberg or classic editor?

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    1. I added them using the Classic editor. I haven’t yet started using the Gutenberg… Am Scared of it!
      About the videos… Are they really good? I am thinking of changing them.

      Do share your doodles on Instagram someday, Shy! ❀

      Thank you so much


  2. No, your doodles were not childish. Thank you for keeping them simple because this way they appear doable to me. With my limited drawing skills, this is something I can still do. I very well enjoyed the chirping competition in the background πŸ™‚

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  3. I have watched you do quite a few of these over the last one year and I agree, there is a sense of a calming atmosphere in seeing the patterns take a definitive form. Especially in these videos where we get to see the incomplete project take on a clear picture,

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  4. Shilpa the first line itself evoked such powerful long forgotten memories that I smiled involuntarily. Those days of doodling on the last pages or even on the same page as teachers rambled on. I didn’t rΓ©alise then it was a way to manage stress. I hardly doodle now, I don’t get the time or maybe don’t have the inclination. Also when I doodle I only draw a few flowers nothing compared to your fabulous artwork.

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  5. I have loved the doodles that you share on your Insta account. I have completely stopped doodling now. Somehow inspiration just does not strike. I think I should start again. Those are cute videos.

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