Colour with your kids to relieve stress

By admin
20 October 2014

Stress is all around us, and in an ideal world we'd quit our jobs and run off to live in the sun, but as that's unlikely to be sustainable, we need to find other ways to cope with anxiety.

Sports can be one answer, while others have found repetitive hobbies like crochet and knitting have a calming effect. But now, many are turning to something new to help them switch off: colouring. In France, the art books are so popular, they're outselling cookery tomes. So why are they so sought-after?

"Colouring is a great way to introduce yourself to the concept of mindfulness," Tiddy Rowan, who wrote The Little Book of Mindfulness and Colour Yourself Calm, told HuffPost UK Lifestyle.

"One gets so engrossed in colouring; it’s an extraordinary activity. In fact, if you watch children playing with crayons, you can see just how absorbing it is."

The author suggests colouring takes such a lot of concentration it helps people clear their minds. In these moments, other things can pop into our consciousness - such as a fact we were trying to remember earlier in the day, or a way to deal with a problem at work.

Richard Merritt, who drew for The Creative Therapy Colouring Book, thinks part of the appeal of filling in sketches is the link between the hobby and being a child.

"In that moment - when you’re sitting down with a traditional piece of paper and some pens, no apps, no noise - you almost go back to being a kid again. Colouring provides a bit of escapism," he explained.

There's no right or wrong way to try this hobby either; simply grab a book and some pencils and away you go. You might feel silly at first, but it really can help you feel calmer and stop worrying about your day-to-day life.

Plus it’s a great way to bond with your kids!

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