Adult colouring is a growing trend that seems to be here to stay. The books holds their place on bestseller lists and are still flying off the shelves in most bookstores and online. They’re said to generate wellness, quietness and also stimulate brain areas related to motor skills, the senses and creativity. Carl G. Jüng was one of the first psychologists to apply colouring as a relaxation technique in the early 20th century.
If you’re feeling out of the loop, let’s fill you in on why they’ve become so popular this last year. For one, they take you back to a simpler and joyous time in life, you know, when nothing really seemed to matter. They allow you to de-stress and take your mind off your current worries. They don’t require endless supplies plus you don’t need any special artistic skills to do them, simply, they make us happy. We can all agree on that, but there’s also many other benefits to colouring, some of which you may not know have read about. Still unsure about this popular fad, here are some of the benefits of Adult colouring.
- Colouring parties are quite the thing now and an excellent way to get into a local social scene. You’ve heard of crafting groups and artist groups, well a colouring party is the same type of thing but with a group of people who may not necessarily feel comfortable or confident enough to share their artwork with a more experienced group. These adult colouring people typically get together with their books and chat over wine and snacks. If you thought colouring was a solo hobby, think again!
- Some people meditate and others colour. Like meditation, colouring relaxes your brain and reduces stress.
- Just because designs in an adult colouring book are already drawn for you doesn’t mean it’s not your own personal creation. This is your book and you can make it what you want. This gives you the freedom to be yourself and do your own thing just like a professional artist!
- Colouring enhances your vision, creativity, motor skills, and focus, yes, all four! The vision and motor skills come into play when you’re colouring within the lines (some designs are super detailed). Your creativity expands when you start looking at the various colours and how they work together. Also focus plays a big part, even with a relaxed mind.
- Boredom and lack of routine can lead down a slippery slope to various disorders (OCD, stress, anxiety, etc.). Colouring helps take the focus away from these negative areas and puts it on a more positive and structured hobby.
- Colouring also brings us back to our childhood when things were simpler and we didn’t have to stress over work or other adult responsibilities. How often do you do things just because you can for the pure joy of it? We rarely allow ourselves that freedom anymore. Colouring makes it possible though.
- You can choose to do puzzles to sharpen your mind or you can choose to colour. The two activities may seem completely opposite from one another but they actually both have intellectual benefits. Colouring uses the part of the brain that deals with focus, concentration, problem solving, and organisation. Yet at the same time, you’re totally relaxed. Pretty amazing!
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