How Colouring Books Can Reduce Stress

Lauren Powell

Adults all around the world are picking back up their pencils, and for good reason. The latest craze in adult colouring is offering people an accessible creative outlet, a reduction in stress and anxiety, and an increase in clarity.

Sunday Style and Byrdie recently reported on the hobby and that it's predicted to stick around, along with the benefits intricate colouring-in books (a far cry from our basic childhood versions) are providing devotees.

Buddhist psychologist and mindfulness meditation teacher, John Barter, believes that stress and anxiety can often relate to being focused on negative thoughts that are consume your attention.  “To bring the mind to a point of attention, whether on the breath as in formal meditation, or on colouring in, the brain needs to reduce extraneous thinking,” explains Barter. “Mindfulness brings a feeling of slowing down, a reduction in stress hormones and thus, a reduction in anxiety. Even the idea of feeling a page, smelling the pencil, hearing the sound of the colouring in and seeing the colours appear, is both physically and psychologically therapeutic.”

Illustrator, Millie Marotta, has published two colouring-in books­—Tropical Wonderland and Animal Kingdom—and has now sold more than one million copies worldwide. Published in 30 languages, this genre has been dominating bestsellers lists.

Even Vogue is getting in on the action and releasing a colouring-in book due to be released in November and will feature hand-drawn designs inspired by the fashion pages of the magazine during the Fifities, including depictions of ball gowns and cocktail dresses from Christian Dior, Balenciaga, Givenchy and Chanel.

We think it’s time to get in on the colouring-in action, quick smart.

The read the full article, head to Sunday Style.

Have you picked up the colouring in pencils yet? Tell us in the comments below. 

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