A very good friend of mine recently went to an adults colouring in event at a well-known bookstore. He came back with lots of photos he had taken of coloured in pages and was pretty pleased with his results. I was tempted to pat him on the head and say ‘well done, you managed to stay in the lines!’ – isn’t that what most parents say when offered the latest colouring in creation from their little ones?
It sounds a bit ‘out there’ but this trend suggests that spending a bit of ‘me’ time with a picture and some
crayons colours can really help to reduce stress and is actually quite therapeutic.
It looks like he had a blast. I mean, who wouldn’t, given a couple of hours child-free to drink tea, chat and rest on your laurels. So it got me wondering… is this trend actually about the colouring in itself, or is it really a way to get us busy bodies to slow down, be mindful in the moment and take a break.
So, being a mummy, I did what any mum might do…. I dug out my daughters colouring in books and crayons to give it a go myself!
Little Button stood open mouthed as she watched me flicking through the pages. ‘Mummy, are you going to colour?’ she eye-balled me as if this was all a trick.
‘You will stay in the lines?’
*chirps the small person who hardly ever does herself!
‘Yes’ I promised and encouraged her to join me.
10 minutes later and I was totally in the swing of things.
In fact, we were possibly having a little too much fun. Both shrieking with laughter at the tops of our voices at the coloured in handbag that should actually have been a bucket! Though none-the-less pleased as punch with our efforts.
I might not have discovered the secret benefits of (proper) adult colouring in this time round, but I think I found something even better. A new way to connect to my daughter… staying in the present moment and just being me.
“In today’s rush, we all think too much — seek too much — want too much — and forget about the joy of just being.” Eckhart Tolle
Have you tried adult or mum style colouring in yet?