DOGSPEAK: Color Me Happy

Being a dog of certain *ahem* breeds (Rat Terrier with a smidge of Chihuahua) I have been known to struggle with anxiety.

A. Lot.

(Apparently mom struggles, too, and she has zero Chihuahua in her - go figure!)

Being a resourceful pooch I deal with my anxiety in a variety of ways...

  • resting with my favorite stuffy...
  • munching carrots...

  •  and getting a helping hand when meeting other dogs in the 'wild'...

But recently I tried something new to deal with my anxiety...coloring!

Specifically coloring pages from The Anxiety Relief Coloring Book for Adults: Mindful Coloring to Decrease Stress and Anxiety by Kara Holmes

(Kara really should include "Dogs" in the title...just sayin'.)

Just look at my handy paw-work!

Seriously...I can do ANYthing!

The author was thinking when she made this book...

"I’ve designed my coloring book with 67 unique patterns that have been proven to provide a calming effect to those struggling with anxiety. Some pages also include powerful affirmations to ward off negative thoughts and help the reader improve their outlook on life." ~Kara Holmes
Click on this picture ^ to nab your copy.

I'm especially proud that I got today's post done before the end of May because it is Anxiety & Depression Association of America's Mental Health Awareness Month.

#BreakTheStigma

 Today's poem is actually a throwback from a couple of years ago when I barked spoke about my dog avoidance anxiety challenges...

a hug and a hand
turns day into night
other dogs off-leash
there is no f(r)ight 

©2022, Bridget Magee. All Rights Reserved.

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13 comments:

Linda Mitchell said...

Ah...the curtain pulled back on Smidgey. It's tough dealing with anxiety of life today. And, oddly, it seems like everyone around me has a degree of anxiety. I can't remember when I last met up with a person whose sense of calm was what I first noticed. But, there ARE dogs that bring out a sense of calm in me...so there's hope Smidgey, there's hope. Keep coloring. It's a wonderful way to get rid of that pesky anxiety.

Irene Latham said...

This week I was in a cancer center with a loved one who was receiving chemo, and there was quite a lot of coloring going on! Definitely can help with anxiety. But the best part? The music therapy person who came by with her guitar and sang to us...and others in the room sang, too. Maybe Smidgey needs to SING? xo

KatApel - katswhiskers.wordpress.com said...

Zero Chihuahua in her.😹🤭🙃 Thanks for the giggle. Sadly, there is much to be anxious about these days.

Anonymous said...

I'm so glad Smidgey has found an outlet for his anxiety. He's quite an artist! This post was a fun respite for me.

Rose Cappelli said...

A little less anxiety these days is very much needed! I just purchased some coloring books for my critique partners. It's supposed to also help with brainstorming and unleashing ideas!

Tabatha said...

I just finished drawing a picture (which I made to give to thank someone) and I guess it was the same sort of thing, relaxation-wise! Smidgey has skills!

jama said...

Thanks for sharing your newfound anxiety buster, Smidgey. Color me impressed!

PATRICIA J FRANZ said...

My hands were plunged into garden dirt this week, my way of processing trauma and anxiety. My new pup looked on, interested to get hold of my dirt, my tools, my hands, and add calm to our day. Thank you!

Heidi Mordhorst said...

As a teacher I have looked down on coloring as a not-very-developing activity, but now I know: give everyone a nice picture and some crayons and a special peace descends upon the room. Thanks for highlighting a way for Smidgey and anyone (everyone) who is anxious to cope.

Mary Lee said...

My threaded needles work as anxiety busters, too! Whatever it takes. #breakthestigma indeed!

Anonymous said...

Bridget and Smidgey, your coloring therapy looks like a good outlet. I have been planting flowers and baking for Memorial Day to relieve pent-up anxiety. Thanks for sharing. COVID has ripped through my family. Out of 8 of us only 3 in my house remain unaffective thus making me very uptight after cataract surgery. Whatever we all do to reduce stress is with our energy!

Carol Varsalona said...

The last comment listed as anonymous came from me.

Gail Aldous said...

Bridget, I am so glad I found my way to your post today. Smidgey and his post are adorable! What excellent coloring he does. Some ways that I deal with my anxiety are petting my two cats, Lovee, who is 20 and Tigress, who is 11 and quite the crazy kitty. I also write, read, hike, ride my bike, listen to the birds and music, and garden. Thank you to Smidgey and you of reminding me to color and create art. :)

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