How many of you reading this used to colour in when you were younger? Everyone. And it was fun wasn’t it? Or when the teacher would hand you a picture and your assignment for the rest of the hour was to decorate it? ahhh those were the days! Now it’s ‘Hi students, here is a question, please write a fully-fledged essay in the next 60 minutes, in exam conditions…’
There is a HUGE trend now, you may have noticed it, but it is Colouring in for Adults. The books are everywhere, from simple ocean designs to intricate city landscapes. And I’ll be the first to admit that I gave in, and bought a book for myself. ITS SO MUCH FUN. Although there is more of an emphasis of staying between the lines now which I am not too fond of!
Many studies have been done now to suggests that colouring in is an excellent stress reliever for adults.
- It reduces stress by promoting calm and quietness
- It stimulates the senses and fine motor skills
- And the idea of ‘control’ is therapeutic
The huffingtonpost.com says “When coloring, we activate different areas of our two cerebral hemispheres, says psychologistGloria Martínez Ayala. “The action involves both logic, by which we color forms, and creativity, when mixing and matching colors. This incorporates the areas of the cerebral cortex involved in vision and fine motor skills [coordination necessary to make small, precise movements]. The relaxation that it provides lowers the activity of the amygdala, a basic part of our brain involved in controlling emotion that is affected by stress.”
So what are you waiting for?!?! Start colouring!!
Enjoy the sunshine x