Colouring used to be an all-time favourite activity as kids, one that many adults gave up as soon as they reached high school. However, in recent years, colouring books for adults have hit the market and have become a popular trend worldwide. Colouring has many therapeutic properties and that is why I recommend adding it to your weekly self-care routine.
Colouring is said to help one focus and according to Dr. Stan Rodski, a neuropsychologist who is also the author of his own line of adult colouring books, colouring elicits a relaxing mindset, similar to what you would achieve through meditation. Colouring is similar to meditation as it helps us focus on the moment and ignore other thoughts popping up.
Colouring has also been found to be particularly useful for those suffering from anxiety and stress as this activity has a predictable outcome which calms the brain. When thoughts are focused on a simple activity your brain relaxes and this brings your attention into the present moment.
Colouring can also be used as a tool to express emotions when feeling overwhelmed. This is particularly useful for those who have a hard time voicing their concerns or frustrations over a particular situation or illness.
This activity also activates the part of the brain responsible for creativity. Majority of the time as adults we use our left side of the brain which performs tasks that have to do with logic. We make lists, set goals and make decisions based on reason rather than intuition. Colouring allows us to tap into the creative side of the mind and utilise both sides of the brain as we create with patterns and colour whilst staying in the desired lines.
I highly reccomend taking some time out and having fun with your creative self. You can even attend a Sip and Paint evening with your friends -this entails an evening of painting and enjoying some tasty treats as well as indulging in fine wine. Most cities offer this, just google Sip and Paint and the city you live in.