You’ve probably heard about the colouring books for adult trend, a popular new way to alleviate stress that brings you back to the good old days of your childhood.
The process is therapeutic and promotes mindfulness, wellness and alleviates stress. It’s said to have the same benefits as meditating, but an easier way to reach this empty state of consciousness. Colouring in repetitive patterns like mandalas (circular figure of intricate geometric shapes – a spiritual symbol in Indian religions) for instance, with proven effects from scientific studies.
The Benefits Of Adult Colouring:
The great psychiatrist Carl Jung was the earliest to discover the effects of colouring mandalas. After he prescribed the activity to he found it as an effective calming tool. Colouring takes the mind away from troublesome and evasive thoughts, removing the mind from the emotional strain of stress.
Stimulates The Brain
The act of colouring incorporate both areas of the cerebral cortex of the brain. These control vision, coordination and fine motor skills. A fun way of keeping the brain active and reduce the risk of age-related cognitive decline.
Colouring calms the amygdala the fear centre of the brain which is responsible for the fight or flight response. This makes colouring an effective way of reducing anxiety!
Taps Into Our Inner Childhood
Go back to the worry free days of no obligations. Colouring taps into these emotions which is incredibly relaxing and cathartic. This is one of the reasons why colouring in is such a good stress relief.
Now you know the benefits, here are our favourite colouring books!
The 5 Best Colouring Books for Adults