Wellbeing through doodles

Natalie Hanley on her social media approach.

When I started to communicate guided self-help CBT techniques as a Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner, I found that using doodles to break down concepts or conceptualise a technique was memorable and helpful; especially for people with learning, memory and concentration difficulties or for more visual learners like myself. I love how one doodle can be interpreted in a very personal way – often depending on how that person is feeling and what they have going on in their lives.

I wanted to combine promotion of the benefits of CBT and my limited doodling skills, so I started the self-care wellbeing Instagram account tidyminddoodles. Tidyminddoodles presents CBT techniques, mindfulness and compassionate self-talk in an accessible, simple and uplifting way. It encourages people to look after their mental wellbeing by following simple tips in bite-sized colourful chunks, and to share this information with those who might be struggling.

As a mental health professional it can be easy to promote self-care but harder to follow. Creating these doodles helped me to follow my own advice, giving me the gentle nudge I think many of us could benefit from.

Do any other readers use doodles or similar in their professional or personal lives?

Natalie Hanley
Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner for the NHS – 2gether Trust

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