A recent craze in North America and Europe has been colouring books. Have you seen them? They’re in all the bookstores and everyone, young and old, is buying them!
But did you know that they can help you (and I’m not talking about procrastinating)? In an article entitled “Can Coloring Mandalas Reduce Anxiety?” researchers found that colouring in a mandala DID reduce anxiety levels of undergraduate (university) students. These researchers used colour therapy; a combination of the elements of art therapy and meditation (Curry and Kasser 81).
And at the end of a different study, a 10-week Art Therapy program, researchers found that students had less depression and improved self-esteem (Nelson).
So how does this apply to you?
If you’re starting to get overwhelmed with school work and stress, then take some time out. Spend 20 minutes colouring
in a mandala or a different pattern; it will help to clear your mind and reduce anxious feelings that you may be experiencing. It also helps you to get focused, be ‘in the moment’, and be relaxed for an upcoming task (Wilde).
Also, in our hectic and multi-tasking days, colouring allows us to zone out and take some time for ourselves.This can never be a bad thing! It also helps to decrease your negative thinking, as it relaxes the brain’s amygdala, which is the processor of emotions (Color Between the Lines 4).
**The Upper School Library is currently putting together a colouring space.**
Choose a design that’s been printed out, grab some coloured pencils or crayons, and start colouring! Additionally, Ms. Wilde in room 409 has two colouring books (seen above) from which you can photocopy pages and use.
And if you’re looking for something a little different, try Kerby Rosanes’ image:
Teachers, you too can benefit from these colouring books. Take some time out and colour; studies have shown that in adults, colouring reduces stress, balances blood pressure, and helps anyone suffering from arthritis (Color Between the Lines 4).
Happy colouring everyone!!!