I haven’t met a single person who doesn’t enjoy kicking back with some colour pencils, crayons, pens or markers and spending a rainy afternoon colouring in. Unfortunately, for many of us, the reality is that we don’t often make time for these simple, yet relaxing activities. After all, with all the hustle and bustle of our lives, it can seem like there are not enough minutes in the day to spend time doodling…
But, what if I told you that colouring-in has some fantastic health benefits!
While the true impact of colouring affects everyone differently, some of the most monumental changes it can have include:
Reducing Stress and Anxiety
If you’re like me and often have a thousand things on your mind at once, it can become overbearing at times. Spending some time with your favourite colouring book can calm your amygdala (the fear sensor of the brain) to prevent any anxieties from heightening. In fact, it can even trigger the same response in the brain as deep meditation would.
Helps You To Sleep Better
Spending some time before bed colouring rather than scrolling through social media can prepare your body for sleep. This is because placing such deep focus on your hand-eye coordination and vision helps you feel tired so you can sleep longer and more deeply.
Satisfy Your Inner Child
We all need to have fun sometimes. Whether it’s through seeing friends, playing video games or cooking up a storm, fun is one of the best medicines, and it can instantly elevate our mood. But enjoying ourselves as adults doesn’t mean that we need to choose cocktails over puzzles or dinner dates over board games. When your inner child wants to be let loose, so let it be!
It may just be what your mind needs to heal and recover.
Great For Improving Focus
If you find that you can barely keep your eyes focused after a few hours at your desk job, colouring in after work can be extremely helpful. On our phones, we are so used to seeing a mass of messages, images and videos all at once that it can be hard to focus on one singular task for long periods of time. Colouring in can retrain our brain to concentrate on small tasks, no matter how menial they may be, to get the job done.
At Play. Timeout, I am all about embracing my inner kid. I have a range of colouring books for people of all ages to spend hours and hours completing. But, if colouring books really aren’t your thing, I also have a fantastic selection of activity books, games and jigsaws that you can enjoy alone or with the gang. Feel free to browse my site at any time, I know you’ll find something you love.