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Reflective Body: An Art Self-Check In

By Farah S. A., MAATC
Psychotherapist, Art Therapist

Often we reflect in writing or meditation. There are many forms this can take. However, merging movement and art-making can allow us to tap into another form of our inner reflections. Here is a simple technique that can be applied at the beginning or end of the day that can help us document the contrast of our feelings:

Materials:

Paper/Sketchbook and any preferred material item (eg. colored pencils, markers, watercolors).

Steps:

  • Find a quiet, safe and comfortable space where you can be alone for a few minutes to do this exercise.
  • Stand up or sit up tall, and take a deep breath in.
  • As you track your breathing start to gently move your head from side to side, move your shoulders, wiggle the arms, wrists, waist, hips, legs, and ankles.
  • Once you have scanned your body and your breathing has reached a gently engaged pace that feels good to you, grab a piece of paper and split it in half.
  • On one side of the paper, draw how you felt before the movement/breathing exercise, and on another side, draw how you feel after.

This is a simple way to check-in, and allow our movement and creativity to guide us into recognizing our energy levels.  Like if we are in need of more rest, or need to go out for a walk! This is one of the many methods to develop and deepen our self-awareness on a busy day.

For more tips and tools, reach out to Farah! She is available for free consultations

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