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Adult Colouring for Wellbeing

The Positive Mental Health Gains for Adults Colouring-in

Self-care is any activity that we do deliberately in order to take care of our mental, emotional, and physical health. Most of us have busy lives so this is something we often overlook.

Stress Reduction and Anxiety Relief

One of the most significant benefits of colouring for adults is its ability to reduce stress and alleviate anxiety. Engaging in colouring can act as a form of meditation, allowing individuals to focus on the present moment and distract themselves from their worries and stressors. The repetitive motions and concentration required for colouring can lower the activity of the amygdala, the brain region involved in controlling emotions affected by stress. This calming activity can induce a meditative state, reducing restlessness and agitation and promoting a sense of peace and tranquillity.

Therapeutic Benefits

Colouring has therapeutic potential for individuals dealing with mental health disorders or undergoing stressful life events. Art therapy, which includes activities like colouring, has been used as a complementary treatment for individuals with depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The act of colouring can provide a safe and structured way for individuals to navigate their emotions, offering an alternative means to express and understand their feelings and experiences.

Research has found there are positive mental health gains for adults colouring in for as little as 10 minutes a day. So download the colouring page, get your pens out, find a quiet place, reconnect with your inner child and colour me in!

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