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POA Learning have today launched their free downloadable colouring book to support mindfulness as people remain at home during the current pandemic.

Colouring books are no longer just for the kids. In fact, adult colouring books are all the rage right now. Researchers suggest colouring as an alternative to meditation saying colouring can help people in several ways including:

1. Relieve Stress

Researchers have discovered that colouring activities help relax the amygdala – the section of the brain that is activated in situations where you feel stressed or scared.

This is especially useful for those who suffer from constant anxiety or experience anxiety as a side effect of disorders like PTSD or depression.

2. Exercise the Mind

Colouring is considered a good ‘mind exercise’ because it utilizes both sides of the brain’s cerebral cortex– an important system of control as it promotes motor skills and coordination.

When you colour, you utilize the logic-based part of the brain through the choice of colour or pattern. When you choose to pair or blend colours, you utilize the creative part of your brain. Colouring works out both brain hemispheres, so that’s a total win-win!

3. Thought Swapping – Replace Patterns of Negative Thinking

Plagued by worries about your bills, your health, your family or your future? All of the above? Colouring may actually help replace patterns of negative thinking with more positive ones.

The focus that colouring necessitates makes concentrating on issues very difficult, and often when people colour, their negative thought patterns abate.

The negativity is replaced with more positive thoughts when ‘colourists’ react favourably to the pairing of colours and the creative pattern.

Neuropsychologist Dr. Stan Rodski explained that colouring elicited real neurological effects, stating: “We started seeing changes in heart rate, changes in brainwaves…the most amazing things occurred.”

4. Self Soothe

Learning how to control your body’s stress activation system (hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal system…phew!) is a vital component of mental and physical wellness.

Those who can influence how their bodies deal with trauma are much more resilient and have higher coping mechanisms.

Learning to self soothe during a period of trauma is essential to coping, and many are finding that colouring helps combat tough experiences without getting wrapped up in the accompanying emotions.

Researchers have found that colouring works in a variety of circumstances, one being debilitating illness.

5. An Easy Way to Relax & Have Some Simple Fun

Some may view colouring as frivolous, but when is the last time you sat down and did something just for the fun of it?

Colouring can act as your designated “me-time,” and also as a way to increase self-esteem.

Here at POA Learning, we want to support people with their mental health and mindfulness and we now have a downloadable colouring book FREE for everyone to enjoy.