Colouring in? As a working woman, this sedentary pastime is probably the last activity on your mind. After all, who has time to colour in when emails need to be sent, washing up needs doing and children need to be fed?
But unless you’ve been under a rock for the last few years, you can’t help but to have noticed the rise in adult colouring in books. A quick search on Amazon alone brings up over 60,000 “adult colouring books” – and I admit to owning a few myself, as well as having created one: TWA_Colouring Book
But what is the fascination? And more importantly what are the benefits?
5 Reasons to Try Colouring in
Reason 1: Spark Your Creativity
I believe every one is creative or at least has the potential to be. But we often get stuck in our day to day lives, with little time to explore this gift. Spending just a few minutes with a book and pencils can help us to unlock our imaginations and forge a path for other creative thoughts and ideas to blossom.
So the next time you faced with finding a solution to a problem, get out your pencils and see if the answers come to you.
Reason 2: Enhance Your Concentration
We’re living in an age where more than just people are vying for our attention. We are constantly bombarded with information and notifications. It can be hard to concentrate with all this “noise”
Colouring in requires focus and precision. Colouring can help maintain a sharp mind and improve your hand and eye co-ordination.
Reason 3: Free Your Mind
I know you’re busy. You know you’re busy. Working women certainly don’t have it easy but colouring in is a meditative activity and if you make the effort to carve out a moment of calm in your busy schedule for this peaceful and creative activity, I promise you the rewards will be worth it.
Stop worrying. Start colouring!
Reason 4: Relieve Stress
Similar to reason 3, because colouring requires attention to detail, it provides a chance to unwind and be completely in the moment, away from the things that are clouding your mind.
It’s the ultimate form of self care!
Reason 5: Reconnect with Your Inner Child
I recommend all my clients look back at their childhood and see what they enjoyed most. Often it is the freedom and creativity of childhood that brings back the fondest of memories. Reconnecting with who you were as child can help you focus on the future and where you want to go, and who you want to be. Take time out of your stressful adult life to decompress and enjoy colouring in as a purely therapeutic activity.
So if you’re feeling stressed, lost, confused or just downright bored – get colouring. Download my Affirmations Colouring In Book to get you started!