Updated: Apr 27
Today’s post is about a hobby of mine, whenever I go away on holiday. I usually do this on my downtime or when I’m on the plane, although it’s admittedly harder on the plane, since you’ll get the odd turbulent patch, but I do as much as I can, when I can.
It was, actually, a trending phase a few years ago, and even though the hype for it has ebbed, it’s still very relevant today. I’m talking about the adult colouring books!
Like I said, it was a trend a while ago, and while it’s returned to the shadows of the crafting world, it’s still something I highly recommend doing. Now, I may not do it as often as I did before, but I still absolutely love doing it, especially when I’m travelling; on long flights, or when I’m just chilling in the hotel.
What Makes Them So Relevant?
When I say colouring books, I don’t mean the children’s ones, I mean the adult’s ones. The ones that have very small spaces and very intricate details that a child couldn’t have the patience to colour in.
These colouring books will have detailed scenes where an elephant has twenty different spaces to colour in, because it’s highlighting the different shades of grey, purple or blue that the elephant has, when standing before a setting sun. Or, you’re colouring in more than a hundred spaces of a detailed mandala that someone decided to draw.
It’s these colouring books I’m talking about, and there is nothing childish about them. In fact, they are much harder than they look, and sometimes, even I have trouble paying attention to them. However, the reason I still use them and complete them is not just because they’re pretty. They actually help me focus my mind when I’m stressed or distracted by something.
Stress Busters And Distractors
Now, there’s a lot of science that goes into explaining why colouring books are seen as a good thing. In fact, you’ll find a lot of people recommend taking up colouring books as a means of therapy. It’s a psychological thing. Because you’re focused on a task in front of you, all the noise and distractions around you disappear.
It’s like when you’re cooking or baking, you’re focused on making the food you forget the work that stressed you out before you started. Or, if you crochet and knit, like I do. It helps keep the mind off whatever worry you have, until you stop, or it’ll help you think up of a solution, when you couldn’t think about one before.
Colouring books are similar in that respect. Because you’re concentrating on filling a space with colour, and creating an image from it, your mind wanders from whatever problem you have, and it gives you that new and fresh perspective on that problem.
Of course, you could do that with the games on your phone. You open up the app, play a match or two, or complete a quest or puzzle, and then you come back to your problem with a new mind, but you won’t have something substantial that comes from it. With a colouring book, you can actually hang up one of your pictures on a wall or make a scrapbook out of it, that is, if the pages tear out.
What About You Feather?
I have several colouring books at home, but the one I am currently working on is a collection of postcards that I take with me every time I travel. The reason why I chose to colour these postcards in is because they’re small enough to carry, and the pictures are big enough that I don’t get bored. It’s also a quick fix, because I don’t always have time or energy to concentrate, while I’m on holiday.
It goes without saying, I absolutely love it, because I can associate each postcard with each holiday I’ve been on. For example, the compass and maze were completed in Switzerland, and every time I look at them, I remember the little lodge I slept in, when I coloured it in. The leaf boat was completed in Dubai, and I remember the Medina. Despite the "fake-ness" to the complex, it was still beautiful because of the little Middle Eastern touches that made up each shop and stall. Not to mention, you could smell the spices they sold, as soon as you stepped into their cubicle.
Now, I try to be perfect when I do colour these in, but I do sometimes make a mistake, or I forget what I had initially planned for the image, and that’s ok. It really isn’t about making the image perfect or symmetrical. It’s about releasing stress that lingers even while you’re on holiday, and if I can be ok with that, you can too.
It's Your Turn
What do you think about colouring books? Do you love it? Do you hate it? If you haven’t tried colouring books, do you want to try? Have I convinced you to? Let me know. I’m always interested in what you guys have to say.
I think, I’ll leave it there for now, since I know there really isn’t much to say. Next time, I’ll talk about that bullet journal again. I think it’s time I showed you mine. Well, I’ll see you guys then!