We all thought that colouring books are only for kids and not for adults, didn’t we? Looks like we were wrong. The bookstores these days ( even news articles too write about them) are flooded with colouring books for adults. Time to rush to stationery shops to buy crayons and colour pencils!
Why is it so important? Well, it is observed and some even vouch for it ( including me) as a relaxation technique and a way to beat stress! Carl G. Jung, a Swiss psychiatrist in the early 20th century, was one of the earliest to use colouring as a relaxation technique. His theory was that art, colouring or any creative expression is unique; it can help treat a certain problem, and also enables the therapist to approach the problem in a positive way. (Source) One of the biggest advantage of such colouring book is that it presents a creative attempt without the need for artistic knack. One just needs to color within the borderlines in order to get the desired effect.
I have a copy of colouring book (refer the image above) which I bought from Bloosoms Book store from Bengluru. Later I received two books as gifts. Whilst I was colouring the mandalas, I noticed that my mind was blank other than what I was doing at that very moment – colouring. I was too careful as I did not want to colour out of the borderline. I found it to be very therapeutic. Just like meditation, coloring also allowed me to switch off my brains from other racy thoughts and focus only on the moment thereby helping to reduce anxiety. I explained this to my psychiatrist and he said this will be one of the contributory factors to help me heal. He called it as a art therapy. He even added that art therapy is used to help people express themselves when they are unable to express their ordeals in words . This kind of therapy is also helpful among people who are dealing with a variety of other conditions, such as depression, dementia, anxiety etc.
Take a look at the video for a quick count on the benefits of adult colouring: