Zentangles for Sanity

It’s the 27th and still our house is bursting with people. Minus two, okay, because the sister who’s as old as me and her husband left early today, but seriously, when there are still four additional people around it doesn’t make that much of a difference.

But . . . please add a mental drum roll . . . I’m doing okay. I realize it’s due to a joint effort, because mom makes sure she gets a hold on me before I veer off any edge, my siblings are fairly indulgent and dad puts up with grandma a lot, so mom has some time only for me every now and then – BUT, I’m actually contributing something too. It’s not ALL because of them.

I have discovered that the zentangles are only an angel’s hair short of heaven sent. All those small annoyances that have always added up and made me lose it – mom not answering me because she’s still talking to someone else, different routines, everyone’s voices in my ear, lengthy conversations about topics that make watching paint dry seem exciting – I am doing my best ignoring all those by drawing zentangles.

It gives me something neutral to focus my thoughts on, which is better than mulling over how fed up with having everyone there I am. It makes people leave me alone when they see I’m drawing. It kills quite some time, which makes waiting for more nicer parts of the day more tolerable. And it actually IS kind of relaxing and calming, of sorts.

So go figure, I’m holding myself together. Still SO much looking forward to everyone who doesn’t live here leaving tomorrow morning, but I think thanks to the zentangles and sitting down to draw more when I get annoyed, I might just be able to hold onto my sanity until then.

And here you go, today’s zentangles so far:

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11 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. texylady
    Dec 28, 2012 @ 06:40:30

    I can’t believe that I went looking for a blog about Bpd and found Zentangles too! I just discovered them and find them calming.

    • Lola
      Dec 28, 2012 @ 14:14:54

      Hey there and nice to meed you. 🙂 And what a coincidence indeed! But cool that you also just discovered them and find them calming as well. 😀

  2. nobodysreadingme
    Dec 28, 2012 @ 11:15:13

    Good news Lola.

    Maybe zentangles are doing for you what writing does for me.
    I’ve told you about that before, but I’ll tell you again. When I’m really bad, I write, and what I write is very funny, often. It’s a way of dealing with my anger and frustration, subverting it, telling it to sling its hook, because I’m just not having it around. I’m bored with it.

    Way to go, Lola. Way to go.
    I just wish for your sake it wasn’t such a long way to go. But it is. The good news is you have a lot of people rooting for you. Including me

    • Lola
      Dec 28, 2012 @ 14:25:18

      Thank you, Dunk. ❤ And yes, it sounds like the zentangles really are similar to your writing in this way. It's really good to have something like that to fall back on when things get annoying and frustrating. I suppose you're right that it's still a long way to go, but hey, at least that means we're getting lots of opportunity to write or zentangle.

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