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Why creativity is not just for creatives

You might be thinking, “I’m not creative, creativity is just for artists.” Creativity doesn’t just involve things like painting, performing or writing a book. There are numerous ways to unleash your creativity both personally and in

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Why creativity is not just for creatives

You might be thinking, “I’m not creative, creativity is just for artists.” Creativity doesn’t just involve things like painting, performing or writing a book. There are numerous ways to unleash your creativity both personally and in your workplace. So you might be thinking – why does it matter? Increased creativity in the workplace and in your personal life leads to positive outcomes. Studies have shown that creativity is linked to increased job satisfaction and reduced absenteeism. But for some people, it might be hard to see how you can incorporate creativity into your daily tasks.  For some roles, it might not be immediately obvious how they could incorporate creativity into their work. However, creativity in the workplace is more important than you might imagine. In fact, 94% of hiring managers say it’s important to consider creativity when evaluating a job candidate. So what does creativity in the workplace look like, exactly? Creativity is a mindset. Creativity means thinking outside of the box, combining resources in new ways, and coming up with ideas or solutions that might not be obvious to others. New ideas can help open you up to new ways of solving problems or completing your work more efficiently. Creative people are always asking questions and looking for new and better ways of doing things. In competitive industries, creativity is what keeps your company moving forward. Learn more around the science of doodling and see how this simple and effective tool will help to support you taking a healthy and mindful break.

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Employee Engagement

Mindful Doodling: A Creative Path to Stress Reduction

Welcome to our Mindful Doodling training, where we combine the art of doodling with mindfulness techniques to help your employees reduce stress and foster emotional well-being.    In this program, our expert creative mindfulness trainer and coach will guide your team on a creative journey that enhances focus, reduces anxiety, and cultivates a mindful approach to daily challenges.    Let’s explore how Mindful Doodling can make a positive impact on your workplace.   What is Mindful Doodling? Mindful Doodling is more than just scribbling on paper; it’s an intentional practice that combines the art of doodling with mindfulness. By engaging in doodling mindfully, participants can channel their thoughts, emotions, and creativity into the present moment, promoting relaxation and mental clarity.   The Benefits of Mindful Doodling for Stress Reduction Mindful Doodling offers a myriad of benefits, including: Stress Reduction: Mindful Doodling provides a meditative experience that helps employees unwind and alleviate stress. Improved Focus: Focusing on the present moment through doodling enhances concentration and boosts productivity. Emotional Regulation: Doodling allows individuals to process emotions and cultivate emotional awareness. Enhanced Creativity: Engaging in this creative outlet stimulates imagination and fosters innovative thinking. Team Building: Collaborative doodling sessions create a positive and inclusive environment for team members.   Mindfulness and Emotional Awareness Coach: Your Partner in Mindful Doodling Our experienced mindfulness trainers will lead your employees on this transformative journey. They will offer guidance, support, and personalized techniques to help individuals embrace Mindful Doodling as a powerful tool for stress reduction and self-discovery.   How to Implement Mindful Doodling Techniques for Stress Reduction: Set Up a Creative Space: Create a designated area where employees can comfortably doodle and immerse themselves in the process. Encourage Non-Judgmental Doodling: Emphasize that there are no right or wrong ways to doodle. Encourage a judgment-free zone to boost creativity. Breathing and Awareness: Begin each session with a short mindfulness exercise to help participants center their thoughts and focus on the doodling experience. Guided Prompts: Provide mindful doodling prompts to guide employees’ creative expression and encourage deeper introspection. Collaborative Sessions: Organize group doodling sessions to promote team building and create a supportive atmosphere. Reflection and Sharing: At the end of each session, allow participants to share their doodles and reflections, fostering a sense of community and connection.   Unleash the potential of Mindful Doodling and transform your workplace into a more mindful and balanced environment.    >> Book your 5-minute mindful Doodle Break Here.   Helping teams to feel better, work better and live better.   Melissa   Melissa LloydFounder of Doodle Breaks

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Mindfulness For Individuals

The Heart of Mindful Doodling: Your Path to Stress Reduction

Discover the fascinating link between doodling and stress reduction as we delve into the science and research behind the transformative power of mindful doodling. Embark on a journey of creative escape from the pressures of daily life through the captivating world of doodling.     The Science Behind Stress Relief through Doodling Recent scientific studies have uncovered the incredible therapeutic potential of doodling. Research indicates that engaging in rhythmic and repetitive motions, such as doodling, triggers a calming effect on the brain. By activating the parasympathetic nervous system, responsible for relaxation responses, mindful doodling creates a sense of tranquility even amid life’s demands.   Unveiling a Creative Refuge Imagine a realm where stress dissipates with each stroke of a pen. Enter the world of mindful doodling, a gateway to this serene realm. Immersing yourself in intricate patterns diverts your mind from the hustle and bustle of daily concerns, providing a meditative experience akin to mindfulness practice. Mindful doodling requires no special skills – only a willingness to let your creativity flow freely.   Embarking on Your Mindful Doodling Journey Initiating a mindful doodling practice is effortless and rewarding. Follow these steps to start your calming creative journey:   Create Your Space: Designate a quiet, personal corner for your doodling sessions. Gather essential supplies like paper, pens, and markers – everything you need for your artistic exploration.   Select Your Focus: Begin without a fixed plan. Allow your pen to guide your hand in drawing shapes and patterns. Your instincts will lead to the emergence of captivating creations.   Embrace Imperfections: Remember, mindful doodling centers on the process, not the end result. Embrace the imperfections and unexpected directions your doodles may take. This is your judgment-free creative zone.   Stay Present: As you doodle, let go of past concerns and future worries. Focus on the tactile sensations as your pen glides across the paper. Experience the gradual slowing of your breath and the release of muscle tension.     Nurturing Your Well-being through Mindful Doodling Beyond creative expression, mindful doodling embodies self-care. In a world inundated with stimuli, taking time for simple acts like doodling becomes an act of self-love. It’s a reminder that moments of tranquility are well-deserved and that your creative spirit knows no bounds.   When stress calls for respite, grasp your pen and begin to doodle. Let patterns and lines transport you to a serene sanctuary where stress fades, and creativity thrives. Embark on the journey of mindful doodling to unlock a calmer, more centered version of yourself.    In case no one told you lately… you’re amazing.   Keep on doodling!   Melissa x       Melissa Lloyd  |  Founder of Doodle Breaks

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Mindfulness at Work

Unveiling Little t Trauma in the Workplace

While we often link trauma to major life events like accidents or loss, it’s important to shed light on another form of trauma that often remains unnoticed: Little t trauma. Work stress has become an almost inevitable aspect of modern life and causes more damage than you might think. This impacts our mental and physical well-being, as well as our productivity, relationships, and overall quality of life.  Let’s explore the concept of little t trauma within the context of work stress and explore how we can reshape our relationship with stress to lead healthier and more fulfilling lives.  Understanding Little t Trauma: Little t trauma refers to the cumulative impact of seemingly insignificant stressful events that occur repeatedly over time. These events can include: Workplace conflicts Constant deadline pressure Toxic relationships with colleagues or supervisors Overwhelming workloads While each event alone may not be considered traumatic, their accumulation can significantly affect our well-being. Recognizing the Signs: We often underestimate the effects of little t trauma, dismissing our stress as a normal part of work life. However, it’s crucial to recognize the signs that indicate our stress may be evolving into something more significant. These signs can manifest as: Persistent anxiety Fatigue Irritability Difficulty concentrating Sleep disturbances Physical symptoms like headaches or gastrointestinal issues. It is important to know that everyone reacts to trauma differently. Not all trauma is the same and can leave its mark differently on each of us. But acknowledging these signs is the first step in addressing the impact of little t trauma. Transforming Your Connection with Stress: Foster Self-Awareness: Begin by observing your stress triggers and patterns. Understand which situations or events cause you the most stress and how your body and mind respond to them.  This self-awareness will empower you to gain control over your stress response and make conscious choices to safeguard your well-being. Prioritize Self-Care: Make self-care activities a priority to replenish your energy and promote relaxation. Engage in regular exercise, maintain a healthy diet, ensure sufficient sleep, and allocate time for enjoyable activities outside of work. By taking care of yourself physically and emotionally, you can buffer the impact of little t trauma and build resilience. Establish Boundaries: Set clear boundaries between work and personal life. Avoid overworking and learn to say no when necessary. Communicate your needs to colleagues and supervisors, and seek support when you feel overwhelmed. Remember, your well-being holds equal importance to your professional obligations. Seek Support: Don’t hesitate to reach out to friends, family, or mental health professionals for support. Sharing your experiences and emotions with others can provide validation and fresh perspectives. Consider seeking therapy or counselling to process and heal from the impact of little t trauma. Develop Coping Strategies: Explore coping mechanisms that help you effectively manage stress. This could involve practicing mindfulness or meditation, engaging in hobbies, journaling, or finding creative outlets. Experiment with different techniques to discover what works best for you. Little t trauma resulting from work stress can profoundly impact our well-being if left unaddressed. By recognizing the signs, understanding the concept of little t trauma, and taking proactive steps to transform our relationship with stress, we can cultivate a healthier work environment for ourselves. Remember, prioritizing self-care, establishing boundaries, seeking support, and developing coping strategies are vital elements in maintaining a balanced and fulfilling life, despite the challenges of the workplace. Are you looking to develop coping strategies for your workplace? Learn more here: www.doodlebreaks.com   Helping your employees feel better, work better and live better. Melissa   Melissa LloydFounder of Doodle Breaks 

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Mindfulness at Work

Unveiling Mindfulness vs. Meditation: Essential Insights for Your Teams

I recently came across a discussion that raised the question of whether mindfulness works for everyone. In light of this, I wanted to share a doodle I created to help clarify the distinction between mindfulness and meditation. Personally, I encountered challenges when I first attempted meditation and mindful practices. Instead of concluding that mindfulness wasn’t suitable for me, I decided to delve into research and explore the various approaches to practicing mindfulness. It would be unfair to dismiss mindfulness without considering the different methods available, and it’s equally important not to give up after just one attempt. During my exploration several years ago, I discovered the practice of mindful doodling, which offered me a completely different and enjoyable experience while still providing the same benefits as traditional mindfulness and meditation practices. In fact, mindful doodling became a powerful daily meditation practice for me during my recovery from chronic stress and burnout. Through doodling, I learned that mindfulness can be both fun and effective. Recently, one of the participants in a Doodle Breaks session expressed a similar sentiment: “I never realized that mindful doodling could bring me such a sense of calm and joy. My mind is usually all over the place, jumping from one thing to another. This Doodle Break became my permission to relax and rediscover a peaceful way of being in the moment.” – Monique I want to emphasize that there are countless forms of mindfulness. It’s crucial for individuals to find practices that resonates with them and dedicate enough time to it. In our fast-paced world, we often seek instant impact, but the true and lasting impact on mental well-being comes from discovering a mindful activity that individuals genuinely enjoy. If you are interested in experiencing your own 5-minute doodle break, please book your mindfulness break here. Helping your employees feel better, work better and live better. Melissa Melissa LloydFounder of Doodle Breaks 

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Workplace Culture & Creativity

Ink Flows and Mindful Moments: The Art of Mindful Doodling

Mindful doodling is a creative practice that combines the principles of mindfulness with the act of doodling. Doodling, typically thought of as simple drawings, can be transformed into a meditative and focused activity through mindfulness. Mindfulness involves being fully present and aware in the current moment, without judgment. When applied to doodling, it means bringing your complete attention to the act of doodling, noticing the sensations, thoughts, and emotions that arise as you create. The practice of mindful doodling can involves repetitive patterns, intricate designs, or abstract shapes. By focusing on the movement of your hand, the feel of the pen on paper, and the visual aspects of the doodles, you can enter a state of flow and concentration. Benefits of mindful doodling include: Stress reduction: Engaging in mindful doodling can promote relaxation and help alleviate stress and anxiety. It allows you to shift your attention away from worries and concerns, providing a calming and centering experience. Increased focus and concentration: Mindful doodling encourages you to concentrate on the present moment, improving your ability to focus and pay attention. It can enhance your cognitive skills and mental clarity. Self-expression and creativity: Doodling in a mindful way provides an outlet for self-expression and creativity. It allows you to explore your imagination and create without judgment or expectations. Mind-body connection: Mindful doodling connects your mind and body as you become attuned to the physical sensations of drawing. It can be a form of active meditation, promoting a sense of mindfulness and embodiment. To engage in mindful doodling, find a quiet and comfortable space where you can focus without distractions. Choose your drawing tools, such as pens, pencils, or markers, and a blank sheet of paper. Start doodling a shape and continue to repeat this with a relaxed and open mindset, paying attention to each stroke, line, and shape. Allow your doodles to emerge spontaneously, without striving for perfection or predetermined outcomes. Remember, mindful doodling is not about creating a masterpiece; it’s about immersing yourself in the process and experiencing the present moment through an artful expression. In the realm of mindful doodling, we can find solace, creativity, and the joy of being fully present in the here and now. If you are looking for support and to embark on your own mindful doodling practice, feel free to reach out to us HERE, Remember that each stroke, each line, carries the potential to unlock a world of inner peace and self-discovery. Embrace the process, let go of expectations, and allow your doodles to become a personal reflection of your unique spirit. May your mindful doodle practice lead you to a place of profound connection, self-expression, and mindfulness. Helping you to feel better, work better and live better. Melissa Melissa LloydFounder of Doodle Breaks  P.S Have you heard about our ‘Master Your Time’ 3-Part Training? This will help you find the time for things that matter in your life: Learn More Here.

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Workplace Culture & Creativity

Think Outside the Lines: Using Doodling to Manage ADHD Symptoms in the Workplace

We recently delivered a Doodle Break to ADP Canada employees and towards the end we had a lot of meaningful discussions around ADHD in the workplace. It’s estimated that adult ADHD affects more than 8 million adults (or up to 5% of Americans). Many of them don’t even know it. Several studies suggest less than 20% of adults with ADHD are aware that they have it.  ADHD is a neurological condition that impacts an individual’s focus, concentration, work and personal life. But there is a simple activity that can help: Doodling. Doodling is a simple form of drawing that requires no training or skill and can be done on a piece of paper, a notebook, or even on a digital device. For those with ADHD, doodling can have several benefits, here is why: If you or someone you know has ADHD, there are various ways to incorporate doodling into daily life. For example, it can be done during meetings or lectures, while studying, or during work as a way to stay focused and engaged. It can also be used as a relaxation activity to reduce stress levels. Doodling is a simple and accessible mindfulness tool that can help improve focus, concentration, memory retention, creativity and overall productivity. Consider incorporating mindful doodling into your companies wellness toolbox and make a positive impact in your working environment. Please reach out to me with any questions you may have. Helping your employees feel better, work better and live better. Melissa Melissa LloydFounder of Doodle Breaks & Doodle Lovely P.S Have you heard about our 30-Day Doodle Breaks Challenge that uses mindful doodling daily to help train the mind to focus and incorporate micro mindfulness into your peoples day to day? View the 1-minute 30-Day Demo Here.

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Mindfulness at Work

Unmasking Emotional Numbness: A Roadblock to Peak Performance

Substance abuse and emotional numbing continue to be on the rise in the workplace.  Studies have shown that job demands and job insecurity are associated with increased alcohol use among working adults. However, this increase is not just limited to alcohol, but also other substances and emotional numbing as a way to cope with the stress and pressure of modern-day living, including the ongoing pandemic. Emotional numbing is a coping mechanism that can protect individuals from overwhelming feelings, but it can also have a significant impact on an employee’s work performance and overall well-being. When employees become emotionally numb, they may lose interest in their work, struggle to complete tasks, display changes in behavior, and have physical symptoms such as headaches and fatigue. As an employer or manager, it can be challenging to identify emotional numbness in your employees, as it is an internal state that may not be immediately apparent.  However, there are signs that you can look out for, including decreased engagement, reduced productivity, changes in behavior, increased absenteeism, poor work quality, and changes in attitude. So, what can you do to help your employees?  Building a supportive work environment is crucial, offering diverse stress management resources, and encouraging breaks. Doodle Breaks, where employees can engage in creative activities, can help reduce the risk of emotional numbing and support their success and productivity. It’s essential to take action and address emotional numbness in the workplace before it’s too late. By doing so, you can promote a healthy work environment that supports your employees’ well-being and work performance.  To discuss your company’s needs and learn more about how to support your employees, Book a Call with me today. Remember, your employees’ well-being is vital to your company’s success, and by addressing emotional numbness and promoting a supportive work environment, you can help them thrive both professionally and personally. Helping your employees feel better, work better and live better. Melissa Melissa LloydFounder of Doodle Breaks & Doodle Lovely

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Mindfulness at Work

Rev Up Your Wellness: Mindful Fun for Employees

As workplace wellness initiatives become increasingly popular, it’s important for employees to view these initiatives as something fun and enjoyable rather than just another task on their to-do list. One way to do this is by introducing a unique and engaging wellness activity such as mindful doodling. What is Mindful Doodling? Mindful Doodling is a creative and relaxing activity that encourages individuals to focus on the present moment, reduce stress and anxiety, and improve mental clarity. It involves drawing simple patterns and shapes, without the pressure of producing a specific end result. This approach is perfect for individuals who may not consider themselves “creative” or “artistic” but want to engage in a fun and low-stress activity that has wellness benefits.  How to Introduce Mindful doodling? To introduce mindful doodling as a wellness initiative, you can offer keynotes or Challenges to teach the how-to and start with the basics of this activity. You can also provide the necessary supplies, such as paper, pens, and markers, to encourage individuals to participate. In addition, you can integrate mindful doodling into existing workplace wellness programs, such as lunch and learn sessions, team-building activities, or providing stress management workshops. Encouraging employees to take breaks throughout the day to mindful doodle, or organizing a “Doodle Break” where employees can take a few minutes with a pen and page to relax, can also help to frame the activity as a fun and enjoyable wellness initiative. A new way to reframe your wellness initiatives By framing wellness initiatives in a way that emphasizes their fun and enjoyable nature, you can encourage employees to engage in wellness activities with enthusiasm and motivation. Mindful doodling is just one example of a unique and creative wellness activity that can help employees see wellness initiatives as something they want to do, rather than just another task on their to-do list. If you would like more information on how mindful doodling can fit into your wellness initiatives or are looking to learn more, I would love to chat. Please book a 15 minute call.  Helping your employees feel better, work better and live better. Melissa Melissa LloydFounder of Doodle Breaks & Doodle Lovely

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Personal Focus

One World, One Struggle: The Common Bond of Employee Stress

Stress, anxiety, and mental health continue to be a growing concern in many countries around the world. 83%, the overwhelming majority, of US workers suffer from work-related stress. 57% of US and Canadian workers feel stress daily, compared with 43% of people globally. While on a trade mission to San Jose, Costa Rica and Panama City, Panama, employee mental health, stress and anxiety is the most talked about topic. Employee stress originates from various sources including heavy workloads, tight deadlines, challenging managers, long hours, and workplace conflict. Not to mention financial concerns, personal relationships, health issues, societal and cultural factors. This can have a negative impact on both physical and mental health, leading to symptoms such as headaches, fatigue, sleep disturbances, and depression. Despite the increasing awareness of the importance of mental health, there is still a stigma surrounding discussions of stress and anxiety in the workplace. “82% of workers with a diagnosed mental illness do not inform their workplace managers about their condition. The common reasons are fearing the negative impact on their career, being embarrassed, and even losing their job.” (Sangar). It is crucial for employers to recognize the impact of stress and anxiety on their employees and to take steps to support their mental wellbeing. This can involve providing resources for stress management, promoting work-life balance, and fostering a supportive and open workplace culture. Employees can also take a proactive approach to managing stress and maintaining their mental health by practicing self-care, seeking support from friends and family, and knowing when to seek professional help. Doodle Breaks fosters the development of small, positive micro habits to empower employees in learning new behaviors that alleviate stress and strengthen their mental resilience. Discover more today! Book Your Doodle Breaks Demo Here.  Helping your employees feel better, work better and live better. Melissa Lloyd Founder of Doodle Breaks & Doodle Lovely

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