Colouring in books for adults are becoming an increasingly popular trend. Although colouring books are usually associated with kids and playtime, today more and more companies are making colouring books for adults in addition to children. I even have one myself! There is good reason for their rise in popularity, as they have been shown to have many positive benefits. But just what are the benefits of using colouring books and –more specifically– how do they help those of us with a chronic illness? Below I have listed a few, which I hope will show you that colouring books are worth investing in.
1. Stress relief
We all know that stress is the enemy when you are chronically ill. It can aggravate our symptoms and make us feel even worse than we already do. It’s therefore important to make time each day to be calm as this helps to reduce stress. Doing so helps us to feel better overall and can also help when it comes to falling asleep at night. Although it is not the only stress relieving activity you can engage in, colouring is a great way to calm your mind and body. Colouring feels meditative and even taking a few minutes out of your day to colour can truly help to alleviate your stress levels. It allows you to free your mind of the things that are causing you to feel stressed out. So, the next time you feel you feel your stress levels rising simply get a colouring book, a few crayons and see how it can truly help you to relax.
2. Breaking the monotony of the day
Let’s face it; having a chronic illness can be boring. We often have to miss out on the things we want to do in favour of rest. Sometimes we can be resentful of rest and find ourselves wanting to be able to do something. At times like this– when we feel able to do something but don’t have much energy– we need to be careful about our activities as anything that requires too much physical energy or concentration will simply wipe us out further. Colouring can be great activity for those times. It gives you something simple, calming and relaxing to do, which will hopefully break the monotony of your day. Just be sure to pace yourself.
3. Colouring relieves anxiety
Chronic illness and anxiety often go hand-in-hand. When you get anxious, you don’t breathe properly, which impacts on the circulation of oxygen to the brain and this results in you being unable to think or do anything clearly. Not to mention anxiety can cause a whole host of other unpleasant symptoms, such as palpitations and chest pain. Anxiety is a serious issue and it can also aggravate your chronic illness symptoms. Colouring can help to relieve your anxiety; it takes your mind off whatever you are thinking about and it is therefore a great distraction technique. Colouring brings your focus and attention to the present moment and what you are doing, which has a calming effect on your brain and also reduces your heart rate. Although professional help should be sought if anxiety is impacting on your quality of life, colouring books are a great, simple and affordable way to help you cope with mild anxiety.
4. Colouring enhances creativity
When you are chronically ill being creative can be difficult. Brain fog can block the creative process and it can be hard to find the energy to create as well. Colouring is a great way to express your creativity in a way that isn’t difficult or energy draining (so long as you don’t overdo it). It’s a great outlet for those of us with a creative streak and you can even think outside the box in terms of your choice of colour to create a more unique drawing. Although it might not be your first choice for expressing your creativity, it can help to fill the void until you are well enough to do your chosen activity. Even if art isn’t your chosen way to express your creativity, there are benefits to be gained from colouring. Like I mentioned above, it helps to improve your focus and attention, which can be great for writers too!
There are various different types of colouring books on offer, from nature to celebrity and everything in between. If you are wondering where to find them, Colouringbooks.org.uk is a great site where you can go and view all the different colouring books available for adults.
What do you think? Have you tried (or would you try) colouring? Let me know in the comments down below.
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