You don’t have to be an ‘artist’ to colour!
If you’re looking for an uplifting way to unwind after a stressful day at work, colouring is the answer.
Take a look some of the top benefits of colouring for adults:
1. Your brain experiences relief by entering a meditative state.
Colouring has the ability to relax the fear center of your brain, the amygdala. It induces the same state as meditating by reducing the thoughts of a restless mind. This generates mindfulness and quietness, which allows your mind to get some rest after a long day at work.
2. Stress and anxiety levels have the potential to be lowered.
Low stakes make it pleasurable. The fact that the outcome of colouring is predictable also can be relaxing. “It is hard to screw up colouring, and, even if you do, there is no real consequence. As result, adult colouring can be a wonderful lark, rather than an arduous test of our capacities.”
3. Negative thoughts are expelled as you take in positivity.
Colouring can have a profoundly therapeutic and calming effect on us as it shifts our focus to positive completion of the task. This peaceful activity can provide an outlet for processing emotions and take the focus off negative situations.
4. Focusing on the present helps you achieve mindfulness.
Colouring requires you to focus, but not so much that it’s stressful. It opens up your frontal lobe, which controls organizing and problem solving, and allows you to put everything else aside and live in the moment, generating focus.
5. Unplugging from technology before bed is a welcome break for the brain.
We know we get a better night’s sleep when avoiding engaging with electronics at night, because exposure to the emitted light reduces your levels of the sleep hormone, melatonin. Colouring is a relaxing and electronic-free bedtime ritual that won’t disturb your level of melatonin.
6. Colouring can be done by anyone, at any age.
Colouring can be a highly effective way of fostering physical and psychological wellbeing in both children and adults. While it’s a relaxing form of self-expression that stimulates creativity, it also promotes a range of benefits to nurture well-being.
7. It can be taken with you wherever you go.
What is fascinating to me is that colouring goes beyond being a fun activity for relaxation. It requires the two hemispheres of the brain to communicate. While logic helps us stay inside the lines, choosing colours generates a creative thought process.
Here is a link for some of my favourite adult colouring books!
And feast your eyes on this incredible creation executed last week in a master storytelling session for Organigram! I left her the crayons and I am dying to see the finished product!
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