Using Mindfulness Colour Therapy to Reduce Stress
Mindfulness Colour Therapy
Turn the clock back to your childhood and you probably remember many rainy days spent colouring and creating. Times are changing and we are now being invited to find our inner child and welcome colouring back into our lives.
Mindfulness colour therapy is now being used as an alternative therapy to reduce stress in adults. Mindful colouring is a great way to switch off from the world. Colouring allows you to become fully engrossed in what you are doing, leaving any thoughts and worries outside your mind for a moment.
Mindfulness colour therapy offers a way to switch off, similarly to if you were to meditate. However, because you are doing something, it is sometimes easier than meditation, because you don’t need to try to not let your thoughts wander, you simply become absorbed in what you are doing and it happens naturally. This is one of the reasons it is being recommended as an introduction to mindfulness.
Recent studies suggest that over half of adults in Britain are more stressed today than they were five years ago. Research suggests that this is due to an overload of technology and busyness in our current lives. With smartphones meaning we are on call 24/7 and social media causing us to interact more online than we do with people, we are losing the ability to switch off. For example, when waiting for the kettle to boil, rather than taking a minute to gaze out of the window, enjoying the sights, over half of us Brits are burying our head into our phone, seeing everyone else’s show reel highlights, leaving us feeling ‘not good enough’ or ‘boring’ in comparison.
The Benefits of Mindfulness Colour Therapy
By reverting back to colouring, we are able to regain a slower pace again, step away from technology and reconnect with ourselves. The simplicity of the task allows us to forget our worries, to stop comparing ourselves and enjoy something real. This results in us breathing more deeply, reducing stress and anxiety, releasing tension, which can rid of headaches and can even help to prevent more serious health issues such as strokes and heart attacks.
Grab yourself a book, some colours and get into the moment. Whether colouring alone or with others, the benefits are too good to resist.