France 2015, the combined colouring-in industry sold 3.5m books!!
According to the Mental Health Foundation, 59% of adults in Britain say they are more stressed today than they were five years ago.
Adult's are looking for a way to feel calm.
Colouring is a great way to switch off.
Colouring is something that most of us did as kids, as it helped us with various aspects of our development, including coordination and confidence.
Adults are now doing it for themselves!
So what has caused this newfound love among adults for colouring books?
If you put a piece of paper and a crayon in front of a child, they’ll start drawing, but as an adult you lose that spontaneity.
Colouring can help adults practise mindfulness, which, along with exercise, is recommended as a way to train the brain away from focusing on everyday worries.
It allows you to get absorbed in the moment.
The benefits of mindfulness practice and meditation are well-documented, and many of the same benefits are experienced with colouring.
We are constantly bombarded with technology, you can download apps to your phone in a few seconds and sometimes, it’s too much for us to take in.
Colouring allows us to go back to a slower pace.
Can colouring-in can help you if you're studying or writing assignments or feeling stressed.
Taking some time to tap into your inner child and colour-in, with no expectations, can pretty much calm and soothe your mind, so that when you have finished, you return to the task at hand, feeling more centred, calm and with clarity.
Below is a downloadable Mandala to colour-in from Mystical Mandala Colouring Book by Alberta Hutchinson.
Johanna Basford: Secret Garden: An Inky Treasure Hunt & Colouring Book
Johanna Basford: Enchanted Forest: An Inky Quest & Colouring Book"
Angie Grace: Balance (Angie's Extreme Stress Menders Volume 1)
Emma Farrarons: The Mindfulness Colouring Book: Anti-stress Art Therapy for Busy People.