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Archive for January, 2015

Drawing workshops in the workplace

Wednesday, January 7th, 2015

A classic illustration of the conventional view of the Left Brain/Right Brain dichotomy

A classic illustration of the conventional view of the Left Brain/Right Brain dichotomy

You see a lot of publicity given to stress management workshops these days. According to a 2008 survey by the Australian Bureau of Statistics, ¬†1 in 3 adults suffered from moderate to extreme levels of stress, and workplace stress was¬†costing Australian employers more than $10 billion per year – back then. I wonder what it’s costing them now.

Various stress relief methods are offered such as yoga, meditation, Tai Chi, massage and even Laughter Workshops. I’m sure all these methods are very effective, but I have discovered that drawing is also a very efficient form of stress relief – and it enhances creativity as well.

Recently I was invited to run a workshop on the theme of ‘drawing on the right side of the brain’ for Suncorp, as part of a series of stress relieving recreational workshops for employees. The resulting feedback led me to believe that drawing is not only just as relaxing as any yoga or meditation class, but it also stimulates the imagination – and as a bonus, provides a great deal of laughter.

For more about the workshop, read this entry in my drawing blog, Touchpaper Drawing Tips.

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