Psychologists found that colouring helps relieve tension and anxiety, something that is rapidly on the rise.

Remember being a kid and spending hours sat down, colouring, drawing and creating? Well now it’s been found that colouring isn’t an activity we shouldn’t have ever given up. In fact, Psychologists are saying that it is the best alternative to meditation. This is great news for people who struggle to meditate or are simply looking for another activity to mix with it. Although it seems like people have started to pick up on this exciting new information.

5 of the Top 20 Best Selling Books on Amazon in 2015, were Adult Colouring Books

Coloring is a low demanding and stress free activity that allows an individual to unlock their creative potential. It brings you back to the simpler times of being a child where there were much less responsibilities, rushing and the anxiety that come with that.

“I recommend it as a relaxation technique,” says Antoni Martinez, a psychologist. “We can use it to enter a more creative, freer state. I recommend it in a quiet environment, even with chill music. Let the color and lines flow.”

That’s not the only opinion!

“There is a lot history of people coloring for mental health reasonsCarl Jung used to try to get his patients to color in mandalas at the turn of the last century, as a way of getting people to focus on the subconscious to let go. Now we know it has a lot of other stress busting qualities as well.” – Ben Mitchell – Psychologist

So, if you’re having a particular stressful day, why not whip out a few colouring pencils and give it a try! Johanna Bamford Created The Enchanted Forest, the top selling Adult Colouring book on amazon last year! Or simply put your imagination to use and create something to colour of your own. The most important aspect is that, when you feel particularly overwhelmed or stressed, you are giving your mind some quiet time and renewed focus.

This isn’t the first mention of colouring techniques to aid mental health. It is well documented that Carl Jung has his patients colour in mandalas at the turn of the last century, as a way of aiding the subconscious to let go.

 

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