Move over meditation, there's a new mindfulness technique in town - adult colouring. While some people may still be skeptic about the various benefits of colouring pages for adults, several experts and non-experts have come forward touting this activity as the new form of digital detox and so much more. But before we go into how mindfulness is achieved through colouring, let's first delve a little into what mindfulness is. After all, what do we really know about it except what we THINK we know?
Unlike what we've been taught in the past, picking up a crayon isn't exclusively for kids. Colouring pages for adults are taking the world by storm, and this is actually a great thing. While some may scoff at the thought of reverting back to this childhood activity, science has found several reasons why colouring can make life a little bit better a page at a time.
#1: Colouring helps you focus.
We live in a fast-paced world where sometimes everything is a blur. It's hard to concentrate in the here and now when you are juggling so many balls in the air. Colouring, according to neuropsychologist Dr. Stan Rodski, enables us to switch off all the thoughts running through our heads and helps us focus on the present. In fact, his research has shown that it also affects us physically by lowering heart rate and making changes in brainwaves.
It's no secret that colouring pages for adults are a growing trend right now with all the benefits that they give. So we aren't surprised, with all these benefits, to see them crop up as a girl's night out alternative! Yep. Some people are trading a noisy night out on the town for a night of laughs, creativity, and colouring.
And why not?
Sure, colouring is a good way to enjoy some solitary fun, but it can be a great deal more pleasurable to do it with friends. And since it doesn’t require too much concentration, you will still be able to enjoy a great gossip session with your gal pals while creating your very own artwork. With this in mind, we decided to give you some tips on how to host a smashing colouring party.
Tip #1: Pick a theme
While you can host an ordinary party with just some snacks and refreshment for your friends, it's all the more enjoyable if you have a theme. You can do "Coffee, Cookies, and Colours", "Colour Between the Wines", or "Colouring and Cocktails". With your theme picked out, you can then choose what decor and refreshments you want to set out. You can even send out themed invites just for fun!
Tip #2: Provide a selection of adult colouring books
While some of your friends may already have their own stuff, it's always a good thing to have a selection at hand for first-timers, (not to mention that some of your guests might also want to try something new)! After all, colouring is all about unleashing creativity. Don't forget to look around ye ol' internet for free adult colouring pages too!
Tip #3: Set out various colouring tools to experiment with
Everyone has their own preferences – some like colouring pencils while others prefer markers. But it’s nice to mix things up once in a while.
Tip #4: Use colourful snacks and refreshments to brighten up the party
It doesn’t matter what your theme is, you can always serve something colourful to match your activity. Coloured cookies or cocktails will definitely brighten up your party.
Tip #5: Create a colouring challenge
While colouring and spending time with your friends is definitely enjoyable, why not bring the fun up a notch with a challenge? One idea is to use only three colours to complete a page. Or why not make it a bit of a contest for the most unique or creative colouring, providing a goodie bag or prize for the winner! There are a lot of other challenges you might propose--just use your imagination!
Hopefully, these tips will help you get started with your plans to host a very memorable colouring party for you and your friends. And when you’re done, and your party has been a success (which of course it will be), don’t forget to set a date for the next one!
Colouring pages for adults are all the rage as is evidenced by the fact that so many of these books are being sold online and in local stores. Their increased popularity is due to the fact that they have been found to help you de-stress, focus on the present, bond with your friends and family, etc. So, if you think about it, it really doesn't matter what "tools" you use to create your colouring masterpiece.
It's the activity itself that generates the benefits. But if you truly want to bring these intricate illustrations to life, choosing the right art utensils is a decision that you cannot leave to chance. Below is a list of our favorite tools that have helped us create vibrant colours that blend well and, most importantly, last.
While colouring pages for adults have been around for several decades, they have quickly regained popularity over the past few years. If you haven't noticed, these types of books are selling like crazy. And why wouldn't they? In a technology-driven world, this return to pencil and paper enables us to tune out the constant stresses of our everyday life. But there's more to adult colouring than just providing us with a much-needed escape.
I always loved to colour in when I was a kid. I loved it so much that I was actually still colouring in high school. And then I was told that my hobby was just for kids, so, I decided to "grow up." Decades later (which would probably give you a faint idea of how old I am), I’ve realized that my daughter has the same passion for colouring in as I had had (and still do!). About 12 months ago, she asked me to buy her colouring books and crayons. And then one day, as I was hunting for a new colouring book for her, I came across adult colouring books which, little did I know, were all the rage. Well, colour me surprised.