Health and Wellness: Reduce Stress with Colouring.. Child's Play?
Whenever you think of colouring you imagine a child’s activity, however if you enter any bookstore you will definitely see a section labelled as ‘Adult Colouring.’
Chances are you have heard that 2016 is the year of adult colouring book.
Nielsen Bookscan estimates that some of 12 million colouring books were sold in 2015, a dramatic jump from the 1 million sold the previous year.*
In a world where Smart phones and Games consoles dominate people’s lives it is fascinating to see that something as basic as colouring as grown to become so popular.
Experts believe this craze started with an Artist named Johanna Bashford, the artist behind 2013’s phenomenon ‘Secret Garden: An Ink Treasure Hunt and Colouring Book' and the following ‘ Enchanted Forest: An Inky Quest & Colouring Book.’
So what exactly motivates adults to colour? Is it to relax? Is it nostalgia ? or is it about completing a task with zero pressure?
According to clinical psychologist Ben Michaelis, colouring is a stress free activity that allows your mind to get the rest it needs.
Adults have even started used colouring as a chance to be more social. Colouring parties have become more popular in which adults gather to sip wine and socialise whilst colouring.
Here are a list of some of the benefits that have been recognised by experts:
1- Colouring helps reduce stress and anxiety
2- Colouring before bed has been known to help people sleep
3- Colouring helps give you the break from technology
4- Colouring lets you reminisce about your childhood
5- Colouring helps to train your brain to focus.
Colouring for adults might just be a passing phase but there seems to be more benefits than harm so why not indulge in it?
Being a parent might mean that you don’t have the time, so next time your child asks to colour, then WHY NOT UNPLUG join them or perhaps during your downtime join in and COLOUR
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