It's honestly something I brushed off in the past, thinking this was one activity that could only excite a child. So you can imagine my raised eyebrows when I was first introduced to colouring in as a way to relieve my anxiety, but I think desperation to alleviate some of my symptoms gave me the nudge to try it out, as reluctant as I was.
At first it felt strange, almost like reliving my childhood hobby back in the day, when the most exciting thing that could possibly happen was when Mom bought me a new colouring in book, and that box of crayons with the added silver and gold colours in it.
It does feel a bit strange when you first start out, but once you get going, you will wonder why you made such a deal out of it. I have to say that it's one of the best therapies that I have experienced and I'm so glad I got into it.
The whole thing of colouring in and trying to keep the colour within the outlines of the picture requires more concentration than what you would think, and I also think that it has 'recaptured' the artist within me, as I loved art at school.
I just used to buy ordinary children's colouring books, but I have recently seen that a range of adult colouring books have been selling really well. In my opinion, these adult versions differ from children's versions in the fact that they are very detailed with lots of small area's and spaces to colour in, and many nooks and cranies as well. I quite enjoy this as it requires me to focus more.
Here are 4 reasons why I love colouring in for anxiety relief:
So all I can say, is I regret not having started this amazing therapeutic activity sooner.
Give it a go. It's cheap, it's fun, it's easy....and hey, it just might be the reason that you cope that much better tomorrow!