Short answer. Yes.
Doodling is something most people do, whether you’re listening on the phone or at another meeting. And you might not think much about it, but in fact, doodling is something you can use to destress and release anxiety. And it works for everyone.
There’s been a trend to use colouring in books to relieve stress and anxiety. And does to a point, however, it is a far more passive process and not art therapy.
Doodling engages your subconscious and while you’re moving the pen around your conscious mind is focused on that and not on thinking. It allows the mind to slow down and take a deep breath.
While engaging in the process, your cortisol levels tend to drop (this is the stress hormone).
If you’re the kind of person that finds it hard to meditate, this is perfect for you as it brings you into a meditative state.
Best of all doodling doesn’t have to ‘be’ anything. It can be done with a pen and scrap paper. All it takes is you to move the pen around and see what emerges for you.
If you want to take it a step further then colour it in once finished.
Have a try and see how you feel. It only needs to take about 10 minutes of your day.
Here’s a link to a short mandala exercise if you need help getting started: Gratitude Mandala