Adult Colouring Books - add colour to your day!

Illustration by Rebecca Barnes

If you are putting together your Christmas 'wish list' be sure to add an adult colouring book. 

Adult colouring books are this year's trend for relieving stress and let's face it, who doesn't get stressed these days? We live in a 24/7 society, where work is no longer confined to the office but we are in constant contact via emails etc. More and more seems to be expected of us these days. Added to this the news often makes us fearful.

So how do these colouring books help relieve stress. You may have noticed that if you have helped your children or grandchildren with their colouring that you become totally absorbed - you stop fretting over the past or worrying about the future. In other words you are anchored in the present moment, totally focused on what you are doing just as you would be when meditating and it is this that is stress relieving.  

Although adult colouring books are 'new', I remember buying my dad a child's colouring book and a set of colouring pencils some years ago. He was suffering from Parkinson's Disease and I believe that colouring helped his fine motor skills. As well as stress, colouring can also help with panic attacks, depression and dementia and PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder).

Now what was Santa's address again?

Janet x 

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