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5 Reasons Adult Colouring is the Trend You Need to Follow

Our society is fast-paced. With our smartphones, tablets, and iPads, we have the ability to get the information we want quickly. From the location of that new restaurant to having a conversation with your aunt who lives on the other side of the world. Now and then, we need the reminder to slow down and take some time for ourselves, and there’s no better way than immersing yourself in adult colouring. Not only does colouring help relieve stress, but it also opens your mind and helps your brain think creatively again. Adult colouring is one of the few trends that you should be following and here’s why;


  1. Taking A Break From Technology

When you’re colouring, you’re looking at the page directly in front of you, noticing the tiny details and imagining every possibility to fill them in. Meaning, that you aren’t watching T.V. and you aren’t looking at your cell phone. You’re not focused on how many likes your latest selfie had, or who’s currently engaged in a Twitter war. You’re focused on you.

Electronics emit a unique light known as blue light. Blue light disrupts your natural circadian rhythm (your sleep cycle), which is why it takes you longer to fall asleep after spending time staring at your screen. Taking the time to limit the exposure to the blue light emitted by electronics will help you sleep better, and feel more relaxed


  1. Simplifies Your Thoughts

We spend our days working, many of us putting in more than 40 hours a week, which can exhaust your mental state. While keeping up with daily tasks, your brain is on high alert. You’re thinking about what will happen in the next 5 minutes, what still needs planning, and how to fit all of this in whatever short amount of time you have to do it.

While colouring, the basic design is laid out for you, the only choices you have to make are what colours to use and where. The paradox of choice has been well-studied, and too many options can leave you feeling overwhelmed and unsatisfied. Colouring is like navigating a paper maze – you’re not trapped and there’s nothing to solve, you simply wander down the path until you’re finished, feeling like repetition and progression simultaneously.


  1. Improved Memory and Concentration

Like doodling, colouring keeps our mind occupied without being overwhelming. Sure, you can pre-plan your artwork, and if that brings you joy, continue to do so! Spontaneous colouring is like doodling – not aimless, but creation without direction.

Neuroscientists have recently discovered that doodling can help people focus, ease impatience, grasp new concepts, retain information and stay focused. According to a 2009 study in Applied Cognitive Psychology, people were able to remember 29% more of the information provided while they were doodling versus not doodling.


  1. Supporting Artists

We’ve all heard the phrase “starving artist” before, and there is truth in it. Earning a livelihood through art is difficult. In our adult colouring books, we support artists all over the world and give them a space to showcase their drawings, which helps get their name out there, as well as helps them earn a living while pursuing their passion.


  1. Colouring Brings Out Your Inner Child

In general, our society is geared towards growing up. We’re all focused on when we can buy our first house, when will we get married, and working towards our ultimate dream career, whatever that may be. We tend to focus more on our needs and goals, without remembering to enjoy ourselves as we work towards them. Colouring allows you a glimpse back in time to when life was easier, and you didn’t have bills to pay. It gives you an opportunity to ignite your imagination, which will open your mind to new ideas.


We all need to slow down and smell the roses, even if those roses happen to be on paper and we can fill them in with a colour of our choice! Adult colouring is a trend that is here to stay, and we’ll all be happier immersing ourselves in creativity.