Haven’t you heard? Mindful Colouring, or ‘society approved colouring in for adults’, is the latest craze. Specialty mindful colouring books are on the bestseller lists across the globe. And there’s good reason for it! With intricate patterns and complex templates to choose from, the only rules are to pick a design, choose a colour and stay between the lines, as your mind is gently lulled into a meditation-like state.
The question is whether there is any evidence for its effects? While the body of research is yet to catch up to the craze with significant findings, there are certainly some parallel speculations that our Scientist friends have made…
Firstly, it’s well known that when we focus our attention on simple tasks that require repetitive motion (such as mindful colouring, or meditation), this keeps the brain engaged just enough to stop it from ruminating, but not so much that the concentration is draining. It allows people to be ‘in the present moment’ which helps build constructive neural pathways in the brain. Moreover, colouring in can help replace negative or stressful thoughts and images with more pleasant ones, which computer games such as Tetris have proven to do and assists in people with PTSD. Finally, research has shown that art therapy in general has proven to be helpful among people dealing with a range of conditions such as cancer, depression, dementia, anxiety, and PTSD. The best part about mindful colouring is that it is a creative outlet without the pressure of an innate artistic flair!
So, gone are the days that colouring is just reserved for kids! Purchase a book that appeals to you, get out your Derwent set, sharpen those pencils and start colouring in! Feel free to come in early to colour in a page at the studio too…
Here are some of our favourite mindful colouring books currently on the market:
- The Mindful Colouring Book by Emma Farrarons
- Secret Garden: An Inky Treasure Hunt & Colouring Book by Johanna Basford
- The Magical City by Lizzie Mary Cullen
- Colour Yourself Calm: A Mindfulness Colouring Book by Tiddy Rowan