Self-criticism is something that many of us struggle with. It's easy to be hard on ourselves when we don't live up to our own expectations or compare ourselves to others.
But constant self-criticism can lead to feelings of shame, anxiety, and low self-esteem. The good news is that we can break free from self-criticism and cultivate self-compassion with the help of a simple activity: doodling.
Why is this? Doodling is a form of therapeutic art that involves doodling simple shapes and patterns. It's a low-pressure activity that requires no artistic skill or training, and it can be done anywhere, anytime (ok maybe not while you are driving).
Here's how doodling can help you break free from self-criticism and open the door to self-compassion:
- Doodling allows you to express your emotions: When you're feeling stressed or anxious, our minds can become cluttered with negative thoughts. Doodling can help us release those thoughts and express our emotions in a creative way. By doodling out our emotions, we can gain a better understanding of how we're feeling and begin to process those emotions in a healthy way.
- Doodling promotes mindfulness: When you're doodling, you're focused on the present moment. You're not thinking about the past or the future; you're just enjoying the act of doodling. This state of mindfulness can help you become more aware of your thoughts and feelings, which can in turn help you be more compassionate with yourself.
- Doodling is non-judgmental: Unlike other forms of art, doodling is not about creating a masterpiece. There are no rules, no expectations, and no judgment. When you're doodling, you're free to make mistakes and explore your creativity without fear of criticism. This sense of freedom and playfulness can help you let go of your self-criticism and embrace self-compassion.
- Doodling is a form of self-care: It's a way to slow down and take a break from the demands of everyday life and invite peacefulness. Phew, I don't know about you, but I need this. By making time for yourself, you're sending a message that you're important and worthy of your own care and attention.
Quote of the week:
"Unlike self-criticism which asks if you are good enough, self-compassion asks, What’s good for you?" Kristine Neff
In case no one has told you this lately, you're amazing.