Since the release of Johanna Basford’s colouring books, colouring for adults has become a trend. It is no longer an activity only for kids but for adults as well. As we grow older, we outgrew the simple pleasures of making art or creativity, and replace it with other activities to take our mind off things. But not anymore. The trend has hit adults who are parents, single working adults and even retirees are enjoying this therapeutic activity, and it is only for one reason:- De-stress. Did you know that when you are engaged in an art activity like colouring, it generates quietness in your mind while you exercise your motor skills? It also helps with creative development, allowing you to spot and enjoy little things in life.
Colouring Sparks Inner-Joy and Boosts Confidence
I strongly believe that any activity that involves creating, boosts your self-esteem and improves your confidence level. Like any art activity, colouring allows you to connect inwardly and automatically brings you to a place inside you called inner-self, where you tap into your authentic self. This “place” inside you is usually a core exercise where therapists work with individuals on their self-esteem, self-worth and personal development. It is also because you are taking the time to focus on your self instead of constantly worrying about external matters that doesn’t allow you to put yourself first.
You Can Colour On-the-Go with Minimal Materials
If you are the type that is too busy to get involved in bigger scale activities like canvas painting, crafting or baking, then this hobby might be suitable for you because all you need is a colouring book and colouring materials. If you are a stay-at-home mother and you need to chauffeur your kids around, colouring would be an ideal activity for you to slot in your time especially if you have to wait around for your kids to finish their extracurricular activities. On the other hand, if you are working in an office, guess what? You can do the same too! Of course, don’t do it when you are supposed to be working on a deadline-lah, nanti boss marah! Instead, you can do it when you are taking a break from staring at the computer all day, or during your lunch hour. Definitely beats going shopping during lunch break and you get to save yourself from spending! Haha!
Colouring is One of the Cheapest Hobbies!
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Art and craft materials can be pretty steep, and I can understand why some people think twice before investing in it. But we know for sure that colouring activity won’t burn a hole in your pocket because it is actually known as one of the cheapest hobbies. You can start off with buying a simple, basic set of colour pencils (or secretly use your kids’ colour pencils), or you can use other materials such as coloured markers, coloured pens or crayons. As for colouring books, you can invest in one of the bestselling colouring book titles namely Secret Garden, Enchanted Forest, Colouring Mandalas, Flower Designs Colouring Book, Creative Colouring Inspirations, to name a few. However, if you don’t feel like spending, there are websites that offer FREE printables to download online. You can print it and make your own personalized colouring book with assorted themes and patterns. If you are a parent, you can photo copy the pages and use this opportunity to spend time with your kids and colour together.
Colouring is Good for Self-Expression Because it Has No Rules
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You might notice that on some of the covers of adult colouring books, it is labelled as ‘art therapy’. Simply because colouring also helps with self-expression, and helps you cope with anxiety. Everyday, we struggle with the many ideas of how to behave and think, including meeting other peoples’ expectations and seeking their own until we forget who we truly are. Our daily chaos easily fill our minds with noise and clutter, but spending sometime colouring will give you that sense of peace especially when you are doing it alone. The best part is that with colouring, there are no right or wrong ways, even if you can’t colour within the lines. You certainly don’t need skill, a teacher or anybody’s approval on how you colour. Colouring allows you to focus on your Self and create an artwork according to your own preference. Soon you might even notice a certain transformation in yourself, especially in creating a balanced lifestyle.
Finally, one of my favourite things about colouring is that it is so flexible, you can even colour anywhere, even while watching TV. Yes, colouring may not eliminate every single problems or worries you have, but just by occupying yourself for a couple of hours in a simple activity, it might just relieves us for awhile from the pressure that we are going through. It also gives us comfort no matter how stressed we may be and occupy ourselves in a healthy activity rather than other vices.