Opinion

Colour Me Calm: The Adult Colouring Book Craze

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We all remember the joy that colouring books brought to us when we were small, our parents would give us a colouring book and some crayons and we would stay quiet for hours, focusing on staying in the lines, with our tongues sticking out and wrinkles on our forehead.

Unfortunately, as we turn into adults we close the doors on our childhood, we forget everything we used to enjoy and focus on making a living, worrying about money and what we think we should be doing with our lives. We tell ourselves that everything we did when we were children should be left in the past and we should just be adults, responsible adults who have lots of important decisions to make.

I’ve always loved colouring, as a child I would entertain myself for hours, scribbling and drawing and using felt tips to colour in blank silhouettes of cartoon characters and princesses. This is why I stopped. There were no colouring books suitable for adults, until now. It might be the latest craze that will fade into obscurity in a few months time but I think it’s an excellent idea to get adults in touch with their inner child. Instead of getting caught up in the anxieties of modern life, why not sit down, switch off your brain for a little while and colour? Brilliant.

Studies have shown that colouring is a great way to relax and turn off the world. We’re so animated all of the time, whether it is scrolling down our Facebook news feeds to see what our friends are up to, working in a busy office nine hours a day or travelling on trains and buses, we find it difficult to just stop and focus on one thing. Psychologists say that colouring stimulates areas of the brain that are related to motor skills, the senses and creativity and when we enter that creative state of mind, naturally our worries melt away, it’s the perfect relaxation technique.

Some adults will shake their heads in dismay at grown-ups sitting down with a box of crayons and a book of patterns to colour in on a Friday night but if it transports them to a place where they feel calmer, happier, even nostalgic then what’s the harm? I have always found colouring to be therapeutic and since buying my ‘adult’ colouring book, I have found a new hobby that enhances my creativity, makes me feel calmer and keeps me entertained when boredom hits. The first day I opened my new colouring book, I left my laptop screen and coloured for nearly three hours. I think that’s the longest I have been away from a screen for a while.

If you feel like you need an escape from your every day life and want to reconnect with your childhood innocence then pick up an adult colouring book from your local book shop, try it, you might be pleasantly surprised.

Writer's Life

Writing, Kindles & Summer Boredom

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Happy Sunday 🙂 I gathered it was time for another post and because it’s a Sunday and I’m really bored here it goes.. First of all I want to mention that I am now a kindle user – never thought that would happen! At first I was against the idea and believed that reading an actual book was the only way I wanted to read or study. Then I came to the realisation that maybe this new found technology isn’t so bad.

There’s a lot of free books I can read in my spare time and the fact that it holds thousands of books is just another positive. For my first year I accumulated over 25 books and there was no way I could find the room for another 25 or so for this year’s study. So I researched into kindles a while ago and now I have one. The kindle touch to be exact. And, I love it. I still enjoy reading actual books but the kindle will keep my addiction to buying books to a minimum because I can download the books that still remain my guilty pleasure, romance. Speaking of romance – my book.

Sigh. It’s safe to say it’s a lot harder than I thought it was going to be. I’ve stopped writing it for now because I believe that I need more knowledge of novel writing and how to plan and perfect my writing –  properly! I seem to forget that I’m a newbie at (let’s call it professional) writing. With no actual study background apart from English at school I’m learning constantly about writing structure and planning.

So I headed to the library – and no the kindle will never change my passion for paperback books. The kindle is a handy edition for my course books but I still love the joy of sitting in a library browsing through books, learning new things and picking the best ones to take home (this will never change.) I took out five books – The Novel-Writer’s tool kit, Awakening the writer within, Writing Romantic fiction, How to write your first novel and Creative Writing. Bought myself another empty notebook (that I will fill this time, I promise) I’m making notes on advice, tips and exercises to get the creativity flowing.

This, I believe will unlock the writer’s block I seem to have and have had since finishing uni. I’ve been thinking about my plot and my characters and there are a few things I would like to change.. again! I need to be sure of everything before I write any more.. hopefully with the help of these guides I can write without any worries. I get really bored – there’s just nothing to do this Summer. Can’t seem to find a job and money is low so writing is a good distraction – I’m going to throw myself into the whole novel writing scenario with positivity. I can do it. I know I can.