Relieves depression

If you suffer from depression, you may be a perfectionist.
If you push yourself too hard and then fail to live up to your unrealistic expectations, it can lead to bouts of self-hatred and depression.
Coloring Dragons induces a deep sense of calm and well-being, an excellent antidote to the negative thinking that accompanies depression.
Give yourself permission to relax for an hour or so.

The beauty of this exercise is that coloring does not have to be perfect. When you color a Dragon, you can't go wrong. The welcoming form of the Dragon serves as a place of refuge until you can return to balance and wholeness.

Find a place where you can be alone and without distractions. Spend a few minutes sitting quietly and taking deep breaths to relax and calm yourself. When you are ready, write about your depression, describe how you feel and write down any negative attitudes you may have against yourself, especially the feeling of having "failed" in some way.

Choose the Dragon that appears below and decide what materials you want to use to color it. If you want you can light a candle or two.

Put on music in the background or listen to it with headphones. Choose music that is soothing to you. As you color the Dragon, remember to take a deep breath into your belly. With this exercise, you are giving your mind and body a much needed rest. Just listen to beautiful music and color the Dragon.

When you've completed your Dragon, make a list of ten of your most positive qualities, and see how the job of coloring this Dragon has made you feel while listening to music.

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