I call this exercise the Phone Cord (before the cell phone and cordless phone). It promotes calmness and relaxation and relieves inner tension. It also helps improve balance and coordination.
Tools and Process
All you need to do graphotherapy exercises is a pen or pencil and paper. It's ideal to use unlined paper but if you need to use lined paper to begin that's okay. A blank journal is a great tool for graphotherapy because you can see your progress over time. To do the exercises, simply start at the top of your page and draw the exercise across the page just as if you were writing. Begin a new line and draw the exercise again. Continue until you reach the bottom of the page. Keep your hands and body as relaxed as possible. Try to work in a smooth, continuous manner.
The goal of this exercise is to make continuous loops across the page. Make the loops round and the same size; keep an even and continuous flow and use light to moderate pressure. If your loops have pointed tops or begin to shrink, this is a sign of inner tension and possibly moving too fast. Take a deep breath, slow down and continue the exercise.
Keep notes on each session. Notice how you feel while doing the exercise (bored, tense, stiff, relaxed). Do any thoughts repeat as your work? Over time you should notice that you feel more relaxed doing the exercise.
This particular exercise can be done anytime you're feeling stressed out and need to calm down. However, in general, I recommend doing one exercise for at least 10 minutes a day. This may be 5 minutes in the morning and 5 minutes in the evening olr just 10 minutes at one time. After seven days check in with yourself and look back over your notes. Think about whether your behavior has changed in the areas you wished to impact. If so, then you're probably done with the exercise. If you still think you need a little improvement, continue to do the same exercise for another 7 days. Repeat for a total of 21 days if necessary. Discontinue the exercise after 21 days even if you haven't seen any improvement or change - it just may not be an exercise you need.
Check out my previous post on graphotherapy for creativity and emotional release.