This concept interested me so much, that a few of my Master's classmates and I decided to do a literature review and presentation on ADHD and the coloring of mandalas. Although this was quite a while ago, I do remember that although there was a fair bit of literature on art therapy, there was very little on coloring mandalas specifically.
Fast forward to about ten years and it isn’t uncommon to find me winding down with my ‘mommy only’ coloring book and markers. A few months ago, as I was looking for ways to destress that didn’t involve a nice cold glass of Pink Moscato, I decided to get myself a coloring book. What a great choice! Coloring mandalas, or any adult coloring for that matter, can have great effects on you!
Adult coloring has become a bit of a craze in the last year or so. If you were to go on Amazon and type in adult coloring, you would find an overwhelming supply of coloring books that cater to different personalities. Adult coloring has become such a craze that publishers are having difficulty keeping up with printing books fast enough! With the technology age, this has not been the type of problem that publishers have had lately!
So what is it about coloring that has adults hooked? On top of being found to reduce stress and anxiety, with the post happy society that we live in, individuals are being encouraged by the posts of others on sites such as Facebook and Pinterest. Coloring is a very accessible hobby that doesn’t take many tools and can train your brain to focus and simultaneously encourages creativity. We live in a society where creative problem solving has become a must, and to be able to destress, improve focus, and let the creative juices flow all at once can be a great asset.
So whether you are coloring by yourself, or with a group of friends while having great conversation over bottles of wine, I wish you happy colouring!