Colouring books are not just available for kids, but adults too, and after reading this post you might want to get one yourself! Colouring for adults is actually not a 21st century idea, as it was Carl Jung, the esteemed Swiss pshycologist from the 1800 ‘s, who suggested it to his patients first. He believed that patients would find their subconscious and self knowledge through colouring intricate patterns. It also serves as an alternative for meditation.
Recent studies have more and more professionals suggest this activity to people living with a mental illness, and it has a host of benefits besides the beauty that is created.
Colouring takes us back to our childhood, a time where we had less problems, less stress and for most, happy memories. When reminiscing on good memories, our mood lifts naturally and we have a happier mindset.
The simple act of colouring brings calm over our otherwise stressful lives. It forces us to relax and focus on only patiently doing the chore at hand.
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Colouring in can help people living with stress, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorders, anger management issues and many other illnesses by using it as a tool to unwind, distress and rest. It also helps the mind to focus on this “peaceful” activity, and leads it away from negative thoughts.
Most bookstores and the internet have latched onto this new trend, and adult colouring books are now widely available. Even if not used as therapy, it is primarily an art form that creates beauty. And when humankind creates beauty, he is content.