REDUCE STRESS AND ANXIETY Colouring has the ability to relax the fear centre of your brain, the amygdala. It induces the same state as meditating by reducing the thoughts of a restless mind. This generates mindfulness and quietness, which allows your mind to get some rest after a long day at work.
IMPROVE MOTOR SKILLS AND VISION Colouring goes beyond being a fun activity for relaxation. It requires the two hemispheres of the brain to communicate. While logic helps us stay inside the lines, choosing colours generates a creative thought process.
IMPROVE SLEEP We know we get a better night’s sleep when avoiding engaging with electronics at night, because exposure to the emitted light reduces your levels of the sleep hormone, melatonin. Colouring is a relaxing and electronic-free bedtime ritual that won’t disturb your level of melatonin.
IMPROVE FOCUS Colouring requires you to focus, but not so much that it’s stressful. It opens up your frontal lobe, which controls organizing and problem solving, and allows you to put everything else aside and live in the moment, generating focus.
You don’t have to be an expert artist to colour! If you’re looking for an uplifting way to unwind after a stressful day at work, colouring will surely do the trick. Pick something that you like and colour it however you like!
DESIGNS The designs in this book aren’t in any order (apart from the flower alphabet/numbers), that’s so you have a flick through and choose a geometric layout that appeals to you in that exact given moment.
Before you start to colour, it’s a good idea to write on the back how you were feeling BEFORE you started and then revisit this when you’ve finished - has anything changed? Also note the date/time and revisit your colourings a few days later - is there a pattern to how you’re feeling to the colours you choose?
Some of the designs are simply, some are complex - go with your intuition.