If you do search on adult colouring books in the internet, you’ll find a lot of posts on tips and tricks, finished pages, reviews on colouring books and art materials like colour pencils, gel pens, pastels, watercolour and a lot more. This means that more and more people are getting hooked on adult colouring books. As a colourist myself, I totally understand the craze as there’s a lot of benefits of colouring for adults which I experience myself and would like to share with you. Aside from these benefits, it’s really addictive…in a good way. 🙂
A Good Way to De-stress
The modern world has I think increased the level of stress to humanity. With most things done at the click of our fingers, things are expected to be fast and expectations are higher. In a workplace, some organisational structures becomes leaner and more tasks are assigned. There’s a lot of things to do that we need to rush and most of the time, there’s just no enough time to do everything. And the stress builds up and catch-up with us and sadly affects our health and well-being.
One of the benefits of colouring for adults is it’s a good way to de-stress. Most adult coloruing books have intricate yet fun designs and repetitive patterns. So when you are colouring, the mind is focused and it’s like you are in the moment. They say, the mind enters a meditative state when you are colouring. And for me, working with colours and exploring colour combinations is therapeutic. It helps on taking my worries away and addressing my anxiety.
It Brings Joy
Look at how kids enjoy colouring activities. It’s the same with adults, too. Colouring is fun and expressing some ideas with colours is amazing. When you see a rainbow, what do you feel? It’s the same with colouring as well.
Believe it or not, the first thing I do in the morning and before bedtime is look at the page I’m working on. It gives joy and excitement on how the page will turn out. It brings happiness to the child in me.
Flipping through the uncoloured pages is also a simple joy and I think most colourists would agree with this. It creates motivation and inspiration to finish the page you are working on so that you can move on to the next page. It also brings out ideas on how to tackle the next page.
Sense of Accomplishment
Colouring skills is practice and progression. The more you do it, the more you uncover tricks to colour the page like blending, shading and using the right colour combinations. Gradually filling the page with colours creates a sense of accomplishment. Finishing a page is creating your own masterpiece even if you are not an artist.
It brings out the Creativity in you
I’m not an artist and I thought I wasn’t creative. And as I go along with this passion of colouring, I realised that creativity is not just for those who are talented and born with it. It can become a skill when cultivated as you put your heart into it. I would like to quote my favourite inspirational author, Louise Hay. And what she said really resonates with me:
“There’s an innate creativity flowing through you, and if you let it out, it will surprise and delight you. You’re tapped in to the creative flow of energy in the Universe. Some of you may express yourself more creatively than others, but everyone can do it.”
I’ve been colouring for four years and with all humility, I could say that I’ve improved which is very visible from the first page I did to the succeeding ones. And also, I became more conscious of what’s around me. Looking at nature makes me think of what colour combinations they’ve got and would then later use it as my inspiration. It opened mind to possibilities.
A Great Way to Unplug
With all the technology, internet and social media around us, we are fortunate as our lives are more convenient and we have an easy access to a lot of information. Communication and networking is easier and cheaper, too. However, too much of everything is not good. Staring at a screen whether our phone, computers or television has a negative impact to our health. Experts would recommend a digital detox from time to time to strike a balance to be more connected with oneself and others.
Colouring is a great and fun way to unplug from the digital screen. It’s a productive way to kill time and you could carry it anywhere too.
With all these benefits, no wonder colouring for adults are getting more popular. People are more aware of the effects of stress and digital technology and are just seeking for ways to look after their well-being. If you haven’t done colouring and you feel that you need to do something in your spare time, try it and you might not look back.
Or if you feel that you need to express your emotions or creativity, this might be a good outlet or diversion. And I think every person needs that. It’s just more of discovering what works for you.
And colouring really works for me. My day is not complete if I can’t colour even just for 15 minutes. It’s something I look forward to and never gets tired of doing. No matter how busy my day is, I try to sit down at my colouring station, pick some coloured pencils and will just colour a flower or two. It switches me off from my busy day at work and calms my mind too as I prepare to end the day.
Hope you were able to pick up something from my article. If you have some comments or something to share, please feel free to write below and let me know your thoughts are.
All the very best to all of you and may your days be filled with colours.