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The Benefits of Colouring In

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When you were young, you'd lose yourself and enter into a state of flow – carefully shading in the little car red, the sun yellow, and the grass green in your giant coloring-in book. Not a care in the world. Just you, your imagination and your box of crayons.

Once only associated with children and our childhood, the art of colouring in and adult colouring books, has become a popular outlet for many adults to relieve the daily stresses of their busy lives. The simple art of colouring in has been proven to reduce anxiety and tension, in addition to providing a variety of other useful health benefits.

Listed below are just some of the many perks of coloring in, and some reasons why taking the time to include this into your every day could be not only highly useful and but also a therapeutic bright idea!

  • Reduces anxiety and has the same response to the brain as meditation - By slowing our brainwaves and heart rate, we start to feel a sense of calm, peace and clarity.
  • Trains the brain to focus - Whilst, not an overly taxing activity, coloring in requires us to focus on the task at hand which consequently allows for all other worries to fall away.
  • Improves fine motor skills and coordination - With more time spent on the computer these days, and less time handwriting, coloring in provides an excellent avenue to improve our motor skills, and work our hand-eye co-ordination.
  • Sparks creativity & helps you rediscover yourself - By allowing you to freely lose yourself in the picture, the process and the moment, It forces you to draw on your imagination and create a colorful masterpiece.
  • Keeps you into the present moment reducing mental chatter - As we shift our focus to the picture, the lines, the colors and the action of coloring in, we move our attention away from any unwanted mental chatter and bring ourselves to a place of quiet.
  • It is an activity that can be completed as a family or with friends - Due to the limited space and materials required, coloring in can be done anywhere at anytime, and is not only an activity we can complete alone, but a great way to spend time with the kids or friends in a relaxed atmosphere.

Suggested Resources:

  • Hardcover books - Available online and in bookstores.
  • Online websites - Various website offering downloads of free sheets and pictures
  • Create your own - Using your computer and any drawing app, greater pictures that resonate with you.

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Posted by Melanie Barnshaw

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