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Adult colouring – a hobby beneficial for your health

As a child, one of the most popular activities you had was colouring. Whether you used to be tutored by your parents, at home, or you went to a kindergarten, you definitely owned more than one colouring book. This activity is well known to streamline kids’ ability to associate form and shapes with certain hues, while also teaching them about symmetry, coordination and many other basic things they will further use in school. However, what few people know is that colouring is no longer exclusively dedicated to children. Nowadays, colouring for adults has become an increasingly common hobby for plenty of people. While others do this only for leisure purposes, others are actually using it as a method of relaxation. Believe it or not, it really works and this is probably why the trend of adult colouring books is here to stay.

Why do experts recommend this ludic activity for adults?

There is a reason why kids are asked to colour various black and white images in kindergarten. Actually there are several reasons: it helps them learn the colours, develops the cognitive function of their brain, helps them make basic associations more easily, pay more attention to details, stay focused and so on and so forth. What may actually come as a surprise is that this ludic activity has the same positive effects on adults as well. Specialised researchers and art therapists have investigated the matter, reaching the conclusion that besides the above mentioned benefits, colouring intricate patterns on black and white images has a calming effect, thus distracting your attention from day to day problems. Art therapy is known to be used in mental health profession for a while now, since some experts claim it can even cure anxiety caused by hectic schedule or deadline driven tasks. Furthermore, it is also said to offer you the right context for exploring your feelings, fostering self-awareness, managing behaviours or even addictions and solving emotional conflicts. Art work has always been artists’ way of expression and now it can become yours as well. So, in case you have been thinking about new ways of dealing with stress, you should probably get yourself some colouring books.  Try this exercise and see if it brings results for you, make sure it becomes a routine beneficial for your health.

Where can you get colouring books?

Taking into consideration that this activity has become increasingly popular lately, you can get colouring books for adults from almost anywhere. If you visit the book section in the super market, you are likely to find some goods suitable for you. Libraries also have these products, not to mention the internet, which should be your main source of inspiration and not only. Visit online stores to order the books you like or find specialised web pages where you can download intricate patterns and images for you to colour. Just unleash your creativity and transform black and sheets into masterpieces.

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