on Dec 21, 2015 @ 08:03 am|
I've seen it in the news ,read it in the paper and also heard it on the Radio.I guess you are wondering what I'm talking about,it's colouring.It seems to be the in thing today for Parents.I've heard it's good therapy for Depression and a great way to connect with your kids and spend some time with them.The reason I'm writing about this topic is,I was wondering if any of you Chicks heard about it before and if you do colour for Therapy,what kind of Books are we talking about here?Is it a Colouring Book that kids colour in or,is it a different colouring Book for Adults only?I'mjust trying to get some information on this topic.Thanks Chicks for feedback.
|Coloring on Dec 21, 2015 @ 01:00 pm|
My friend colors for relaxation therapy, she has adult coloring books,they are more complexed and detailed and she said it actually works because you are focused on coloring and nothing else.
|Colouring books for adults on Dec 21, 2015 @ 09:09 pm|
The Colouring books for adults could probably be used for older kids or teens as well, but they are specifically designed to engage an adult's mind usually with more complex patterns or sometimes Mandalas.
If you search adult coloring book on Amazon you get a great selection, if the person is an animal fan I'd recommend Millie Marotta's animal kingdom. I'd also recommend using coloring pencils, not pen as the pen will bleed through the paper, pencils gets better results!
As for therapy, I suffer from Anxiety and depression and one thing I found them to be very helpful for is when you are suffering from racing thoughts (A symptom of many mental illnesses from ADHD, to anxiety). Usually if I am very stressed and can't quiet my head I would have no choice but to play video games constantly without rest as it gives me an easy goal to achieve and a path to follow, but now I have a choice.
I find that when I have 'racing' or 'negative' thoughts, even though I am an artist drawing is too difficult as I constantly think. The act of colouring a preprinted drawing is quite meditative and lets me just focus on the movement of the pencil and picking of the colour.
In short, I'd definitely recommend it as part of an overall treatment for any kind of illness or even as a fun hobby!
|coloring for adults on Dec 22, 2015 @ 11:04 am|
I have heard of it and done it. I was taking a Psycology class and colouring for therapy was the topic on day. There are adult colouring books and mandellas that are used for therapy of different kinds. If you are interested you can download quite a few from the internet.
|Love it! on Dec 22, 2015 @ 12:16 pm|
I love coloring with my kids. I find it very relaxing. And it's a fun way to spend some quiet, quality time with my kids. I sometimes color their kids books or print a more complex, adult-like picture. It gets your mind off everything else and you can just focus on the task at hand.
|I've been doing it for years on Dec 22, 2015 @ 02:44 pm|
Before they had the more intricate books, I've just been colouring in kids books for well over a decade now.
I have coloured in several pictures from an adult colouring book, and it did force me to focus more on what I was doing due to the intricacy.
|example on Dec 22, 2015 @ 03:26 pm|
Here are some examples I colored from the Millie Marotta Animal Kingdom book (on my Tumblr)
|art therapy on Dec 23, 2015 @ 01:06 am|
I've used Art Therapy with my students, especially those with special needs like autism and behaviour issues. It does wonders to help calm them down and express their feelings in a way that feels safe for them. Often times, I get more information from their drawings than what they will verbally tell me. I once discovered that a child was experiencing violent trauma at home through their artwork, and this led us to seek help for him. Not every case is this dramatic, but you'd be surprised how art can let a person put down their defences and start to heal, whether it be for minor or major situations.
Drawing and coloring is a familiar form of communication, especially for children and it's usually the most comfortable way for them to open up about many things that may be on their mind. Just make sure to never judge or negatively criticize their artwork since it is such a personal journey for them.
The same concept applies to teenagers and adults. Art therapy, even simple coloring or doodling can soothe a stressed mind. I've noticed the trend of Art Journaling, Scrapbooking as well as the Adult Coloring Books in the past few years and I'm glad more and more people are incorporating art into their lives as it can be very beneficial for one's mental health.
|beautiful on Dec 23, 2015 @ 01:10 am|
@wonderwhatif Your artwork turned out amazing! I love the colours you incorporated. They really bring the image to life!
|. on Dec 23, 2015 @ 02:12 am|
Thanks so much! I first started by doing the jellyfish on vacation. At the time I didn't know I was agoraphobic and was becoming very stressed out as I was anxious a lot when trying to go out and do 'holiday' stuff. Staying in the hotel room and colouring definitely made me less judgemental on myself and helped me relax a little more :)
|anxious on Dec 25, 2015 @ 03:03 am|
@wonderwhatif That's really great that you were able to feel less stressed as a result of colouring. Did you also feel less anxious about going out in public after this activity? If so, this could very well be a strategy/relaxation technique you can use in advance to help you become more comfortable and prepare for these situations. It could also work in conjunction with other cognitive behaviour strategies used to treat agoraphobia.
For instance, how about creating a vision board made up of your own drawn images or magazine cut-outs of yourself feeling safe, happy and calm in public situations? Assess your fear and ask yourself whether it really warrants you feeling anxious about it. Then, draw yourself or make a collage of the way you would look like in public without the anxiety. An example of this would be: If you're afraid people will judge you, imagine what it would be like if you just didn't care what they thought. How would your experience look like? How would you look like? In essence, you're visualizing yourself without the fear that's holding you back.
I hope this helps you cope and if you need any other tips feel free to ask. Good luck! :)