Colouring in for Adults…. Good for the Soul

Colouring in for Adults…. Good for the Soul

Forget about the idea that colouring books are for kids. In a busy world, increasingly dominated by time spent in front of screens, grown ups are turning to the soothing art of colouring in. But the books we’re talking about are not reminiscent of the freebie colouring sheets handed out at chain restaurants that we remember from our childhoods. These are intricately designed books, some created specifically to help you de-stress and focus the mind.

But does it work? Can we really find relief in colouring carefully in between the lines?

According to a director at the London Art Therapy Centre, “When choosing a colouring-in book with more complex or abstract images the convention is generally to keep different colours within different lines. This requires a relaxed focus where the outline is containing and the mark-making repetitive and smooth. So a bit like repeating a mantra where repetition is a means to relaxation, colouring-in is also a type of mediation.”

“Meditation, whether secular or otherwise, has known benefits to mind, body and spirit. When focusing deeply on a simple yet safe task, other anxieties become less present, less pervasive.”

Bearing that in mind(fulness), CLICK HERE for our pick of the best books, sure to get you feeling calm and relaxed after a stressful day.

Chris Herbert