This month I tried adult colouring books

Adult colouring in books are the rage and there are claims that colouring in (originally just considered a childhood pastime) helps to relieve stress in adults. October is Mental Health Awareness month, so Moneybags journalist Jessica Anne Wood tried out the therapeutic benefits of colouring in.

I love doing anything creative or artsy. When I saw the book in the store I thought it was a rather interesting idea, but was a bit sceptical about whether it could really help to relieve stress. There are a number of books available for purchase, however, the one thing that they all have in common is the intricacy of the images which you are required to colour in.

There are no instructions with the books other than letting your creativity take over and colouring in the images however you see fit.

“Colouring books for adults have become widely available over the last couple of months, and many have branded it as “yet another fad”. However most psychiatrists and mental health experts around the world agree that the act of colouring in can be highly beneficial and therapeutic – and not just for kids,” notes Claire Minnaar, an online business owner and manager of Momtrepreneur.co.za.

The benefits of colouring in

I have found that colouring in helps to take my mind off all the things I have to do and the little things that I worry about, which I really have no control over. My mind clears of everything else, only leaving room to focus on the image in front of me and what colour I want to use next.

The images seem to come alive as you progress with them. What’s initially a colourless image, transforms into a beautiful, colourful creation – well that’s what I believe anyway.

There are numerous benefits to colouring in, including:

  • Teaching your brain to focus on detail.
  • Allowing you to be creative, even if you do not think that you are the ‘creative type’.
  • It can improve your motor skills and vision.
  • Relieving stress and anxiety.

However, despite the many therapeutic benefits of colouring in, it is important that you don’t use this as your only means of therapy, as it is not an alternative to traditional therapies, such as seeing a psychologist or psychiatrist.

Where can I get them from?

According to a report, Exclusive Books launched their first adult colouring in books in October last year and sold out a number of times since then. They’re not hard to come by though. I bought my colouring in book from Pick n Pay for R39. I’ve seen the same one available through CNA too. These are just basic ones but you can get some fancier ones through the likes of Takealot for R199.