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Daily Self Regulation ART

pause. breathe. check in. finding our centre again

#veryhumanregulation #selfregulation #selfregulationskills

in the swell of things oil pastel on canvas paper

We’re on holiday right now - at the ocean (in case you couldn’t tell) and isn’t it funny how stepping out of “normal life” can be such a door opener for deeply hidden thoughts?

We’re trying to let them all swim and froth a little and wash up on our shores …

drawing by Tyson

writing by Thandi

Oil pastel is usually so dreamy to draw with but, on canvas paper, it required quite a lot of arm power and effort. Such an interesting experience. I did this with a scribbling motion/gesture layering up the colours and scribbling them haphazardly into each other. Lots of “whoops, not what I wanted” that I just mooshed (word?) into the sea and rocks to cover up - bit it kind of worked, I think … Tyson


So here we are sharing our daily practice of PAUSE. BREATHE. CHECK IN. Clearing the clutter and finding me, myself and I in the present moment. And we invite you to follow along and let's keep each other on track? Or try to at least, some days are still pretty bumpy. Sigh

Join onto the main page of Ground Control to Major Whoa explore how to join this journey: LINK HERE

How We Go About It

We go outside (fresh air) and pay attention to nature and details in the world around us (focusing tool). Each day we select one item or snap a photo with our phone and bring it home. We select the medium that most matches our mood or that we feel will be the most regulating in that moment and we set to work drawing (calming our nervous system and bringing ourselves back on line through hyper focusing)

We set an alarm for 20 minutes (our containment) but you figure out what works best for you. Sometimes a quick 5 will do; other times it feels like we need half a day, doesn't it? We do often repeat this exercise several times through the day when it's a real doozy of a day. Smile

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