I want to live a healthier lifestyle so I am always looking for new ways to distract myself. I made a committment to not eat after 7:00 pm, but I find myself craving a snack when I'm catching up with things on my DVR. Instead of turning to food I like to doodle. I keep a little sketchbook and a thin black sharpie on my end table. By the end of the evening I have a little piece or art and no extra calories have been consumed!
Here's a little doodling exercise you might want to try:
- Draw a box
- Draw 6 to 8 little boxes and design different patterns. Shapes, words, lines, etc.
- In your first box draw a line that crosses itself many times. You're creating areas to draw in.
- Now begin to fill those sections with patterns. It's ok to repeat - infact that helps your composition
- Finish by coloring in some areas with black or other colors.
Finding new habits to replace old ones is the best way to change a behavior. I've been trying to get healthier for over 2 years now and just a few modifications to my regular schedule have helped me to lose weight and begin a regular exercise program. I begin every day with a walk, usually about an hour. I try to eat foods that are locally grown as often as I can. I drink lots and lots of water. And I doodle when I need a distraction!