One of my resolutions for 2016 in general was to use the Mindfulness-app on my phone more i.e. mediate a bit every day. I have failed that spectacularly. I’ve done it like a handful times only. In 2015 I got into the habit for a bit, and I do think it helps, but somehow it got lost along the way.
Another way I tried to achieve peace of mind was by using one of those coloring books for adults. It did the opposite; having to stay within lines somebody else has drawn made me go mad. Doodling on a notepad is better.
In the end I did find something that did have a relaxing effect, and was useful to; calligraphy. Admittedly in the last month or so I haven’t made the time for it but picking it up again.
I started by buying the Nib+Ink book by Chiara Perano, but there are others. Then I went on a shopping spree to find an ink, a few nibs and handles and some paper. Though so far I have mostly used the printable sheets available on Lamplighter London(here).
I find that practicing my lettering is very relaxing and it has improved my handwriting somewhat. I will also say that it is a joy to write with a proper nib as it makes the most soothing noise when it moves on paper. And then the little pause to dip into the ink. Very Jane Austen.