Happy Friday all. With the weekend nearing with every hour, whatever your exciting plans for the next few days might be, make sure you also take a little time to switch off, reboot and relax.
My idea for switching off this weekend might seem like a little bit of an odd one but bear with me. It seems to be all the rage all of a sudden and I've been giving it a go this week myself and can see why. The relaxation tool of the moment is to embrace that inner child, get out your felt tips or pencils and try colouring in - for adults! Yep and it turns out it really is a fantastic way to lose yourself for a bit, stop that brain from whirring and really help you to unwind.
I came across the idea a few weeks ago when reading an article entitled 'Colouring Isn't Just For Kids. It Can Actually Help Adults Combat Stress' on the Huffington Post website. Intrigued by what I read I shared the post on this blogs Facebook page to see what other people had to say and just to generally put the idea out there.
The response was huge (well in terms of the activity I get on Facebook which can be pretty quiet at times!) it got a lot of likes very quickly as well as a number of shares and comments. Something about the idea really caught peoples imagination. So realising that this really was something quite intriguing I thought I'd have a look around for my very own colouring book and give it a go!
It turns out these books are everywhere - and there are so many to choose from. Just a few minutes browsing over on Amazon bought up a million choices. I've since seen the same books popping up on the stands in Waterstones and other book and stationery retailers, as well as noticing adverts for colouring book subscription services pop up on my TV.
But does it really do anything for you and is it really worth getting involved? ...
My answer would be yes - you should give it a try especially if you're struggling to unwind and get rid of any negative or niggling thoughts. Plus if you have a dormant creative lying within you you'll probably really enjoy this particular outlet.
As explained in the Huffington Post article, the process calms down the activity of the amygdala the part of our brain that can go into overdrive when we're feeling under stress. Concentrating on colouring in (and staying in the lines, which was harder than I remember from childhood!) completely distracts you from the nagging thoughts in your mind and really allows you to relax without negative distraction.
I've personally been happily converted. Not only that but it really doesn't have to cost very much at all. Books comes in all shapes, sizes and prices and a packet of colouring and pencils or felt tips isn't exactly going to break the bank.
So if you're after an effective and cost friendly way to take the pressure off this weekend why not give it a go. You might be pleasantly surprised by the simple but useful benefits that it brings!
My current colouring book - Secret Garden, An Inky Treasure Hunt and Colouring Book, Johanna Basford.
Have a wonderful weekend everyone and hope to see you back here soon.