When I started my recovery journey and started going to 12-step meetings I couldn't sit still. I literally couldn't sit still. I am a fidgeter, but it was on overdrive. I could not sit in a meeting and pay attention without moving around the whole time. I discovered that taking notes kept me present. I would jot down anything that clicked with me. I didn't trust that I would remember those moments. Then I started doodling my favorite sayings, eventually turning them into table tent cards for the meeting room and these pictures are the result of all that nervous energy.
Doodling, drawing, and coloring impromptu art is still a go to method for me to stay calm when I'm nervous, anxious, or can't concentrate. Maybe it'll work for you, too.
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8 February 2018
By Kristance Harlow