Being Human

Don’t underestimate the value of doing nothing, of just going along, listening to all the things you can’t hear, and not bothering. Winnie the Pooh, Pooh’s Little Instruction Book

When we feel stressed, our body is physically responding to the demands and pressures on us. We all feel it, it is a natural part of who we are, it can be positive and encourage our inner drive and determinations. It can be what makes us get out of bed in the morning. We need stress, to an extent. There is a point though where it can overwhelm us and lead to significant emotional and physical problems. Every person is different; therefore, we all tolerate different pressures and have our own ways of coping with stress.

At StressFish.com we blog about one method people are using to cope with stress: Colouring Books for Adults. Yes, you read that right. Move over kids, give me your colouring pencils, It is my turn to do some colouring. Adult colouring books have built up fast momentum over the last decade and are now regulars in Amazon’s bestselling charts. An unexpected phenomenon.

Why colouring books for adults though? Our lives are getting busier, more demanding: family, work, money, an ever-increasing presence of technology has created an on-demand lifestyle.

Do I need to be good at drawing?

Personally, I take some time to zone out from these pressures and colour in a wonderfully illustrated book. I am no artist; it doesn’t matter if I am. I create my own unique work by colouring in exactly how I want, no pressure to draw something beautiful as that’s already been done for me. Often by myself, sometimes with the kids assistance. My own children feel at ease when colouring in, they talk openly and freely, and share responsibility for that colourful masterpiece! If I do say so myself…

Adult colouring books have become hugely popular. It excuses us to participate in something we may initially see as childish. The top selling book charts suggest it is now socially acceptable. Whether it is a mechanism for coping with every day stress, or that you just love to colour and get creative, anyone can join in.

Art Therapy

Adult colouring books make up one small part of an Art Therapy approach. Art Therapy can help people of all ages and backgrounds, as an approach to balance out stress levels:

Art therapy is a form of psychotherapy that uses art media as its primary mode of expression and communication. Within this context, art is not used as diagnostic tool but as a medium to address emotional issues which may be confusing and distressing. British Association of Art Therapy

When we are stressed or anxious, we can lose the ability to focus. Colouring in, can provide a form of escapism, zoning out those worries and retaining focus on the task in hand (literally). Using colour and pattern it is possible to restore inner calmness and express ourselves at a slower pace – and without the need of a mobile phone, demanding boss, or great financial expense.

At StressFish.com we will guide you on how to get started, as well as news and reviews of the most popular adult colouring books. Whether you colour for fun, or to help cope with stress, we can help you on your own colourful journey.

Enjoy.