More benefits from Zentangle

Just when you think you’ve accomplished something, there’s always more challenges to come. I began to realize there were other pluses to my Zentangle experience.

More benefits from Zentangle

Just when you think you’ve accomplished something, there’s always more challenges to come. I began to realize there were other pluses to my Zentangle experience.  In the months since I had finally begun to fall asleep before the wee hours of the morning, I filled a notebook with3 inch Zentangle tiles. In that time I found myself improving in my handwriting. MY family no longer accused me of being impossible to read. What a relief!. I also began seeing that I was no longer simply following the repetitive lines but I began to be more creative. It led me back to drawing and putting actual pictures on larger tiles. You will find other possibilities from that one attempt at reaching out to get help. There are endless possibilities in everything we pick up, every thought that passes our minds, Try not to discount those lightening strikes They may be solutions to todays problems…

Reducing Stress

This blog will give you useful information about reducing stress and promoting sleep.

Did you ever have a sleepless night when you worried about being too tired the next day to fulfill your duties? You punched the pillow and looked at the clock over and over and over…

It is mostly created by the stress in our lives STRESS can drive you to not thinking too clearly, to making the wrong decisions, and just feel miserable about a condition you cannot give reason to or to change at      all. As a care giver to my husband in the assaults of dementia, I ran the gamut of that stress, about not being patient enough, not understanding enough, or not being physically able to cope with the demands I had most willingly assumed. My stress induced the sleepless nights that ill prepared me for facing the next predictable day.

Family always rose to help me. My daughter had been reading about the benefits of Zentangle in reducing stress and she produced a starter kit for me to try. The basic theory is that the repetitive drawing on three inch paper tiles could help eliminate and channel your inner stress through  relaxation. What did I have to lose, except frustrated pillow time?

The first night I tried to be creative but found that simpler was better. I did several of the tiles and spent another sleepless night. The second night I concentrated on the repetition rather than how nice it looked. It was as though I had a magical transformation. Instead of getting to sleep in the wee hours of the morning, I was able to fall asleep in just an hour. For the first time in ages I felt refreshed when I awoke, ready to face the challenges of a new day. I don’t suggest it will be the answer to your prayers, You have only a few dollars to invest, and a half hour or more to spend trying something that may help reduce your stress.

This is a picture of my zentangle tile.
This one of my first attempts.