October 1, 2019 by Rosemary Babikan
Be yourself; Everyone else is already taken. — Oscar Wilde.
This is the first post on my new blog. I’m just getting this new blog going, so enjoy the little video, stay to read my post, and then please come back for more.
Creating is Healing
Coloring is one of my current passions. It’s just not for kids anymore. Coloring has more benefits than you would imagine. It has the ability to relax the fear center of your brain, the amygdala. It is known to induce the same state as meditating by reducing the thoughts of a restless mind. When a person colors and focuses on the act of coloring pictures or patterns for hours on end, all the clutter in the mind falls away. If one is coloring an intricate picture such as a mandala, the activity of coloring helps your brain switch off. Instead of focusing on anxious and troubling thoughts, it focuses on what is in front of you. It helps you remain calms. Adult coloring books can also help with emotional and mental health issues. It can relieve boredom, provide structure, and “bust”stress.
Two years ago, I was diagnosed with Trigeminal Neuralgia, which is an uncommon debilitating nervous disorder that is more painful than anything I have ever experienced. It is a chronic pain condition that affects the trigeminal nerve, which carries sensation from your face to your brain. If you have trigeminal neuralgia, even mild stimulation of your face — such as from brushing your teeth or washing your face — may trigger a jolt of excruciating pain. To me it felt like a bolt of thunder came down with claws and scratched my face off. I never knew when the pain was coming. Sometimes I would be sitting still and I would be struck with the pain. I didn’t want to go anywhere or be with people because of the uncertainty of the pain, and the contortions my face would go into when the pain would come. I desperately needed to occupy myself with something quiet and creative. When I am creating, I lose myself to what I am doing and feel like I am in another world.
After a while I noticed my face liked being in the creative mode. I didn’t have any strikes of pain while I was creating pen and ink drawings. So I continued to draw whenever I could and soon counted on being free of pain while I drew. Little by little, the pain in my face began to calm down when I wasn’t coloring. As a result, several months of coloring put the trigeminal neuralgia in remission and I accumulated a huge amount of black and white line drawings.
A friend suggested I publish my drawings into the form of coloring books. And so I did. I have self-published three books now in print on demand and have a couple more in the works.
I am hoping this blog will demonstrated the value of creativity. There are many who say they are not creative, not “gifted”, can’t draw a straight line or a stick figure, or have nothing worthwhile to give. That is so not true. Given the opportunity to let one’s imagination run free without condition and judgement, anyone can have the courage to be creative.
Some of the other things I like to write about are different kinds of art, artists, types of decor, color and how it effects us, coloring techniques, drawing techniques and more.
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