A few years ago a new trend started; colouring for adults. I have to admit I joined in and enjoyed it, but somehow I've gotten out of the habit. So I dug out my books and made a conscious effort to get started again. It's like when you're a kid taking time to draw and colour doesn't feel like such an effort, how do we forget these simpler things?
Many psychologists and therapists prescribe these books to patients for various reasons, to help with stress, anxiety, relaxation etc. I have a couple different ones and a selection of pens and pencils, I like to mix up my mediums. I've heard of colouring being linked to mindfulness, which helps us replace distressing or difficult thoughts with positive and calming ones. Keeping your mind in the moment and present with what you are doing.
I find it relaxing & inspiring and it helps stop me feeling so negative. I'm not very good at drawing so this is a great work around. The focus to stay within the lines takes effort and I think my results are pretty good.
I also have a book that was a gift from my nieces and sister-in-law which is Doodling for Foodies by Gemma Correll, it's awesome because it's not just colouring, but drawing food, so far I've drawn mainly pizza - I wonder why?!?!
Here are some of my masterpieces ;-) BlunderCat aged 34 and 1/2
- What do you do to relax and be creative?
- Anything you would recommend me trying?
Let me know.
Image: crayons by Made by Made from the Noun Project