EM TALKS: THE HYPE ON ADULT COLOURING BOOKS

One of the main reason adult colouring books are getting so popular lately is because they are a major stress-buster and tension reliever. You know how artists create art to stay sane and get into The Zone? That’s what colouring does for non-artists.

Personally, I don’t think that there is any wrong way to colour for relaxation. I’ve heard of people colouring on planes, in front of the TV, in coffee shops, and even in therapy sessions. It’s all good. For me personally, I like to colour in my room, which has tons of natural light. I try to do it when I know I won’t be interrupted for at least 45 minutes. I also like to colour with my favourite music playing in the background.

Adult colouring books are intricate and have tiny details. Even if you have an attachment to the waxy smell of Crayolas, they are too fat to use for filling in tiny spaces. My number #1 go-to material for colouring is colour pencils.

A sizable number of the best-selling titles have one promise: “relax,” “stress relief,” and “good vibes.” Anecdotally at least, colouring seems to make people feel calmer. But unlike with drugs or exercise, it’s hard to pinpoint exactly how.
Though colouring books are frequently described as stress-relieving and branded as art therapy, there’s no research yet that shows proof of its health benefits

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Why is taking a crayon to paper such a meditative experience?

Researchers at Drexel University may have an explanation — and it has to do with your hormone levels.

In a recent study published in the journal Art Therapy, they found “making art can significantly reduce stress-related hormones in your body” What’s more, you don’t have to be an experienced artist to feel those stress-relieving effects: Whether you draw stick figures or paint elaborate landscapes, everyone benefits equally.

Did it work for me?

YES! Don’t ask me how and the science behind it, but it always helps me calm down. It’s an amazing therapy!

What type of colours should I use?

I would highly recommend colour pencils and discourage colour pens/markers/crayons as they will destroy your paper and not be able to hold the ink.

Which book should I start from?

The bestseller Secret Garden by Johanna Basford is my favourite and indeed everybody else’s too.

AUTHOR: MEHAK ABBAS

 

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