The simple pleasures of childhood are too easily lost as we age. In France, women are discovering something every child intrinsically knows – the joy and therapeutic benefits of art.
Colouring-in books for adults are now an enormous market in many countries, as grown-ups with long hours in stressful jobs unwind and lose themselves in the gentle precision of filling a blank space with colour.
The pages of adult colouring books contain more detailed and intricate pictures than those made for children. The point is not to produce a masterpiece for the fridge but to focus wholly on a new, therapeutic task and forget the worries of day-to-day life.
If printed lines and crayons aren't your thing, consider a few canvasses and some cheap acrylic paint. I like to use this form of colour therapy when I'm feeling "off" but can't pinpoint why; I bring out my paints and splash whatever I want on the paper, and soon enough I can see it - angry red stripes, or stressed people, or a dark sky. Everything I could not put into words. Not only does this help me understand my emotions, the very act of self-expression is cathartic.
Perhaps it’s time we return to life’s simplest pleasures and unwind the way our inner child wants to.
There are just so many benefits to this.. apart from the pure joy of getting back in touch with your inner child, it can... like you say... be very revealing as to what is going on inside you. Great article... thanks so much for sharing.