No longer is colouring-in an activity reserved for kids under the age of ten. Increasingly, adults are pulling out the crayons to get involved in an activity with amazing meditative benefits. Adult colouring book sales are booming and there’s no wonder– it’s a simple activity with a whole heap of anti-stress benefits. So, after reading this you might want to stop squinting at your smartphone and pick up a colouring book.

Get mindful

Colouring is an effective form of practicing mindfulness, the act of consciously being in the moment. Studies have shown that those who practice mindfulness experience powerful, positive brain changes and lowered levels of stress. Considering how we tend to dwell on the past and worry about the future, an activity that gets us to live in the moment sounds like something we could all benefit from.

Stimulate your right side

The right side of the brain is our creative side and in many adults it’s worryingly under stimulated. A majority of adults don’t get much time to unwind, let alone engage in creative activities but a recent study from San Francisco State University showed that doing something creative is just what we need. The results from the study showed that adults who partook in creative activities outside of work experienced less stress and performed better in their jobs. We’re sold!

Escape the screens

We spend a lot of time looking at screens and scientists think this could be affecting our sleep patterns, concentration and stress levels. Colouring-in may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you’re looking for a relaxation activity but the process of colouring in between the lines is good for the brain. While screen watching encourages our brain to work over time, colouring achieves a sense of calm by allowing your brain to “switch off”.

Therapeutic health benefits

Colouring in may not be able to cure disease but researchers have acknowledged the therapeutic effect of art for many years. Art therapy has been used successfully to help people express themselves and this kind of mindfulness therapy had been shown to reduce the symptoms of physical and emotional distress for women undergoing cancer treatment.

Keen to let your creative side shine and take advantage of all of these benefits? Get your hands on our October issue and enjoy 16 pages of mindful colouring to get you feeling zen.