Recently a craze over adult colouring books has took the world by storm, but why? Well, Mark Waldman, one of the world’s leading experts on communication, spirituality and the brain tells us that ‘by simply spending a few minutes several times a day, [on something such as colouring in]a person can permanently alter the functioning of the brain by as much as 25% resulting in greater work productivity with less stress, decreased anxiety and depression and enhanced memory.’
So, not only are we removing ourselves from a stressful environment, but also we are unknowingly improving our mental state. Concentrating intently on the colouring book keeps your mind from drifting on to other subjects that can be causing stress, such as work. It’s also known as creative meditation, causing your brain to focus on the present, blocking out any other thoughts.
Not only is this meditative activity great for our mind and soul but it’s also a great hobby and that little bit of time to yourself from your hectic schedule. There are hundreds of these stress releasing, anxiety fighting colouring books for adults in different patterns and pictures. The Mindfulness Colouring Book is one of the best sellers (£7.99, Waterstones) with the subtitle ‘anti-stress art therapy for busy people’, the synopsis:
‘Working with your hands is one of the best ways to soothe anxiety and eliminate stress. This stunning, pocket-sized colouring book offers a practical exercise in mindfulness that draws on your creativity and hones your focus. Beautifully illustrated, The Mindfulness Colouring Book is filled with templates for exquisite scenes and intricate, sophisticated patterns, prompting you to meditate on your artwork as you mindfully and creatively fill these pages with colour. Take a few minutes out of your day, wherever you are, and colour your way to peace and calm.’
From colouring in beautiful secret gardens, to vintage wallpaper patterns there are designs for everyone to love and enjoy. From a personal perspective the colouring books are therapeutic and calming as well as satisfying when being a part of creating something beautiful. In our busy hectic lives, the amount of adults that don’t take the time to sit down and focus on something other than the stresses of work and adult life is very minimal. However, sales have been through the roof when it comes to the colouring books for adults, meaning a lot more adults are taking time to rewind from their chaotic lives and becoming more peaceful and mindful of oneself.
Try it yourself for calmer, more tranquil living.
Images: The Mindfulness Colouring Book