If you think back to your younger years, you may remember your mother sitting you down with some pencils and paper to keep you occupied – but what if colouring-in is not just for the young hearted but also for the young at heart?
Studies have shown that when an adult starts colouring several things happen to their wellbeing. When choosing what colour to use we often use the analytical part of our brain, but when we choose to mix colours the creative side of our brain is utilised. This combination can help with coordination and improve our fine motor skills. Another major therapeutic benefit is it reverts adults back to their childhoods. A time that was stress free. So, thinking about a simpler, healthier time can lead to increased happiness, energy and optimism for the future.
Colouring activities can also help individuals with anxiety and stress issues. Colouring and focusing on a harmless and calming activity can reduce an individual’s state of worry and panic. It lets your brain relax and rest for a period of time. The focus we place on a project at hand, such as colouring in, can replace negative thoughts from entering the mind and become a powerful deterrent.
According to Neuroscientist Dr. Stan Rodski, adult colouring makes perfect sense. Watching children and the way they relax while colouring really prompted him to think; “why can’t adults re-enter that space in the brain?” Dr. Rodski has worked with several executive, managers and people suffering stress-related disorders. They found it difficult to focus on breathing and relaxing but when they took a colouring pencil to paper they instantaneously began to relax which slowed their heart rhythms to a normal state.
Even if you’re not struggling with anxiety or stress, colouring in is a fun, creative and relaxing activity. It’s also relatively inexpensive and can be done with your friends, your children and grandchildren.