I am an adult and adults do responsible adult things like go to work and make dinner but they don’t do things like colouring in, as that is just for children. Right? Thankfully this isn’t the perception any more. There has been a rise in the number of colouring in books and magazines, such as Calm, Colour, Create Magazine that encourages adults to get those pencil crayons out. So what good reasons are there for adults to continue to do colouring in after their childhood has been and gone? Here are three very good reasons:
1. Colouring in is very calming.
2. Stressed adults need to find a way to slow down.
3. It is fun choosing colours and creating a great looking picture.
To be honest, I started off using this colouring in magazine feeling very stressed. I was at my parents’ house, where the internet is very limited at the best of times, trying to work on my internet-based jobs. Not ideal and so very stressful doing one bit of work then trying to send it via email only to have the internet cut off again. I thought the best thing to do was to try the colouring in magazine I’d been sent, to calm me down.
[bctt tweet=”Colouring in is very calming, even for adults. Do you colour in?”]I started colouring the seahorse and was complaining a bit still. I wanted to complete it quickly so that I could get back to being annoyed with the lack of internet. The colouring in wasn’t a quick job though. I decided to carry on. I felt a little more relaxed, accepting that it would probably take longer than two minutes to complete.
As I sat for longer and longer, I must admit that it worked wonders for my mood. I completed the seahorse, then moved onto the jellyfish followed by the flowers. I think I must have coloured in for at least an hour. Once my hand started aching, I realised that I was feeling totally relaxed. The stress that I had felt had gone and I was quite proud of the beautiful pictures that I had created. For me, colouring in was the perfect way to keep me calm. I enjoyed choosing which colours I would use for each little part and how to shade them for extra effect. I was pleased with the end result of all the pictures that I coloured. My son even had a go! I had to remind him that it was only for adults.
Colouring in is something I hadn’t thought about doing for years. This activity is not just for children but is a useful and creative tool for helping adults with the stresses of everyday life. I don’t think this is something that should be categorised as being only for children. After all, activities like painting, sewing, knitting, embroidery, pyrography and etching were all activities I did as a child and my Mum continued to do as an adult. Why should colouring in be any different?
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Disclosure: We were given a copy of Calm, Colour Create Magazine to review, which is a colouring in magazine for adults. All opinions are honest and my own.