4 October, 2016
Did you know that after fancy coffees, turmeric lattes and hippie clothing, the latest sensation to grip the entire world is actually colouring? Adult colouring books are being touted as the new meditation and relaxation technique. What are they?
Perhaps the last time we coloured anything at all was as children. To be honest, that was also the last time we did anything resembling or linked to art. More and more psychologists today are of the opinion that we must learn from children, that they are the ones who always live in a happy place having found self-actualization long before adults even understand the term. Hence, the activities they usually pursue, such as colouring within lines, do-it-yourself activities and painting are become therapies for us all to achieve that childlike state of mind.
Hence the adult colouring books. Before you think they’re made up of funny looking animals and are a waste of time, take a look at the sample here. The designs are so intricate and the themes so profound, this is what makes these books a completely valid pastime. Users of the books believe that completing just one painting, making it life’s only mission if only for a short while, can actually offer benefits akin to meditating.
Do you need more reasons to convince you? Perhaps, it helps to know that doctors have used colour therapy as a treatment for mental illnesses for over a century now? Or how about the fact that colouring improves your focus, thus reducing the risk of Dementia? Most importantly, when you’re sitting with your colouring book, you’re not looking to achieve the next big milestone. Instead, you’re just being yourself, something we so often forget to do as adults.
If you’re more of a thematic person, take heart in the knowledge that colouring books are available in a variety of themes. The most popular ones have ‘mandalas’, a representation of our Indian version of the universe. There are also books that have abstract drawings, scenes from classics such as Alice In Wonderland and even simpler ones that don’t test your patience at each step.
Looking for ideas? Apart from the free printables in the link above, here are a few links from where you can buy these books.
Look around for images you find interesting and start colouring away and get some peace of mind!
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