After spending another night struggling to get the "Children's Activities" page up and running, I decided that, for now, I will post activities and stories on this blog. When was the last time that you allowed yourself to play without inhibition, anyway? Adults and young adults need creative play just as much as children do! So, the following exercise was written with both children and adults in mind...
Everyone feels anger, sorrow and pain from time-to-time. When I came up with this exercise, I had a light touch of the blues and the grumpies. Instead of ignoring my feelings, I mustered up all of my grump and created an extra grumpy character. I only gave myself 30-minutes to draw my new friend, the Grumpalumpagus, and then I wrote a short story about him.
By projecting all of my negative feelings onto the paper, my case of the grumpies magically disappeared.
You don't have to be an artist or a writer to do this exercise. You don't even need art supplies! (I created the Grumpalumpagus picture using only the pencils, the pens and the random highlighters found in my desk.)
The purpose of this exercise is not to produce a brilliant final product. The purpose is to transfer your feelings onto paper until they are released. If it helps you let go of your adult inhibitions, then take away the anxiety of the project's outcome by ripping your picture to bits and throwing it away upon completion! (A metaphor, perhaps?)
What kind of "feelings character" can you imagine and how will she or he magically help you lighten your mood?