Adult coloring? Who’s ever heard of that? No fad, adult coloring is here to stay, because it really works at reducing stress and increasing focus. Do you remember the last time you sat in silence without a single thought running through your head? Me either!
At first, when I heard that colouring is being used as a form of meditation I scoffed. How could keeping it inside the lines really curb my inner turmoil? But once I had that sharpened box of pencil crayons in hand there was literally no looking back.
Colouring has become my solace.
Documentation of the benefits of coloring dates back to the 1900s when the famous therapist Carl Jung prescribed coloring mandalas to his patients. ”Jung saw a natural process of generating and resolving inner conflicts that brings about greater complexity, harmony, and stability in the personality” (creatingmandalas.com/psychology-of-the-mandala).
The attention required to color with detail has been proven to calm anxiety, sharpen fine motor skills, and train the brain to focus.
So, all this time I’ve been beating myself up about not having the ability to clear my mind when I should have just grabbed a 2-4 of crayons and followed my children’s lead. The only real drawback to such relaxation and focus is curtailing the drool!
With the recent influx of Paint Nights at local bars I wonder why it took me so long to join in on the fun. To be honest, painting intimidated me because it sounds way above my artistic skill set. Colouring, on the other hand is an ability all of us acquired as children. Like riding a bike it really is a talent just waiting to be rediscovered. Puzzles, painting and crosswords have similar effects including, calming the brain, lowering blood pressure, and sharpening memory. I don’t know about you but I could use a double dose of all of the above.
I find that colouring before bed, the quietest time in my home, when everyone is settled in their beds allows me to completely shut off before pulling up the covers myself. It’s also been a chance to wordlessly bond with my children, and reminds me that colouring with my Mom as a child still remains one of my favourite memories. There are even companies who have instilled Friday colouring sessions to help release the stress of the work week. I personally find myself looking for time to sit and finish my latest piece.
The Let It Go: Coloring for Adults Book by Sherise Seven even comes with an introduction of how to get the most benefit of your time. I love that before each session you are required to write a word that best describes the stress you are hoarding on a particular day, followed by finding your blackest pen and scratching it out. Inspirational quotes alongside each image speak of fun, and make great tweets. Here’s one for you Sherise
Available for sale on Amazon, Let it Go is the third best-selling adult coloring book on all of Amazon. Any wonder, the book is jam-packed with incredibly intricate images to colour and leaves you feeling happy and calm. In between the coloring pages are cool activities like, Circle Meditation, which asks you to continue the image by drawing small circles across the page that touch each other, top, bottom, and sides. You can then colour them in or draw smaller designs within the circles. You soon realize that you’ve spent some quality time with yourself, forgotten about the world around you and created something beautiful.
Going forward, I’d like to extend this feeling of inner peace to the hard working women in my life. I envision a group of girls, cocktails on the right, markers on the left. The sad part…I’ve been watching my children bond like this with friends for years and it took me this long to wake up and smell the scented markers!
Here’s your chance to get in on the action. TryBelle Magazine is giving away a copy of Sherise Seven’s Adult Coloring Book, Let it Go, to one lucky winner.
The contest is now closed. The winner is:
TO ENTER ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS:
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- Giveaway contest is open Internationally.
- Giveaway contest begins at time of publication February 01, 2016 and ends February 15, 2016 11:50pm EST.
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Last time I colored was like ten years ago.
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I was coloring last night while we watched tv
I shared on Twitter! @ase7enx
I last colored about a week ago. Loving these books!
about a week ago
I colour all the time, not exactly sure of the date but definitely within the last week.
Last weekend after a race-https://twitter.com/llew415/status/699061832602906625
I just coloured a few days ago. Thanks so much for the chance. Shared on Twitter and Pinterest.
I used to love colouring when I was a child and I did lots more when my kids were young but I haven’t really done much colouring for many years until quite recently when I received a colouring book and pencil crayons for my birthday.
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My 16 year old still loves to color. It is a stress reliever for her because she has high anxiety.
The last thing I colored was a Santa coloring page during Christmas.
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Yesterday I colored with my toddler
I actually coloured today – with the kids 🙂
I used to color all the time when my daughter was young and I still color when we go out to restaurants that offer coloring pages and crayons! I find it very relaxing!
I love coloring and color about everyday if not just me then with gkids
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the last time i colored was last weekend with my daughter…i color with her a few times a week for years..love the therapy to it…
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The last time I colored anything was 2 months ago. I colored in a Christmas coloring book with my niece.
The last time I coloured something was with our girls probably five years ago!
I haven’t colored anything since high school. I really miss it.
I’ve colored on january 15th! Trying to get back at it:)
Last thing I coloured tonight was a peacock
I love to color! I actually colored today 🙂 I shared on pinterest!
I love to color!! My 11yr old daughter and I color together lots but I have never had an adult coloring book and would absolutely love to NOT color little ponies or Barbie!! Plus even my daughter wants one of these coloring books!! Shared on FB, Twitter, Pinterest & Google+
I love coloring with my niece, but usually color kids stuff, would love the chance to win this!
Last time I coloured was with my 2 beautiful granddaughters. about a month ago. quality time is great
I can’t remember the last time I colored anything. But I would love to start coloring, looks like something fun to do when I am just sitting around.
I coloured just last week, my parents bought me an adult colouring book for christmas 🙂
I coloured just yesterday.
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oh my goodness,I cannot remember the last time I colored something! A long long time!
Last coloured when I was visiting the grandies and we were drawing leaves after our nature walk.
A long, long time ago in , not quite, a galaxy far, far away.
I did some coloring with my nieces over the holidays.
It’s been a long time since I colored but I have really been wanting one of these adult coloring books! 🙂
The last time I coloured was last night in one of my colouring books I got for Christmas
I colored a few weeks ago when I was watching my friend’s kiddos. I’ve been itching to pick up one of these adult coloring books though!
I color with my daughter daily!
I have not colored since a graphic design class in 2001
I haven’t colored for many years but I have started painting.
I really can’t remember the last time but it would probably be with my son.
This weekend! 🙂
I bought an adult coloring book a few months ago, colored everyday for about a week, then stopped because I didn’t have time anymore. It helped my anxiety, so it’s something I’d love to get back into!
I coloured just the other week!!! I like to design and then colour my pictures
The last time I coloured was a few years ago with my grandson
I just colored two days ago, my wonderful niece got me a book
I don’t remember the last time i coloured anything. It’s been so long
Last time I coloured was yesterday evening. It has become part of my therapy, a great way to reduce stress and anxiety. Thank you for this chance! 🙂
I used to color every day. I can barely find the time to do that, anymore. I’d love to start doing this again because of this great book! Good luck people!
The last time I colored was last Saturday (the 30th) when I was volunteering at a group home:)
I Love coloring. i have done this yesterday. i have colored flowers
I love this so much and I so want to have a book like this, I need it as a part of my meditations and I always wanted to have a coloring book because I like to paint and use colors, but I can’t find this awesome book at my place.
Last time I coloured was in the summer! On the dock by the lake! So relaxing.
I live coloring! This book is gorgeous!
These books are beautiful. Would love to color in one, it has been a long time 🙂