A Beginners Guide to Colouring In for Mindfulness
If like us, you’ve noticed more coloured in mandolin flowers than poached eggs and smashed avocado on your Instagram feed lately, you might be wondering what this new lifestyle trend for colouring in is all about. Colouring in for grown-ups has been hitting headlines lately and is now used as a form of active meditation. It allows people to be more focused on the present moment and calmly acknowledge and accept their feelings without getting overwhelmed by them – a mental state more commonly known as mindfulness. So here’s a Beginners Guide to Colouring in for Mindfulness…
For some of us, the thought of meditation and mindfulness conjure up images of harem pants and sitting in the lotus position for hours on end but in reality, it’s not always the case. In fact, active mediation through colouring in is often regarded as a much easier form of meditation because the gentle activity of choosing a colour to create your picture and the repetitive action of colouring focuses the brain on the present moment and blocks out any intrusive or negative thoughts, creating a way to calm the mind and occupy the body. With studies showing that people who partake in creative activities outside of work deal with stress better and even the likes of Victoria Beckham carrying a colouring book around in her handbag (albeit a Vogue one), it’s safe to say that you’ve got nothing to lose by giving colouring in a go, you might even gain a few hipster points… So, we’ve devised a beginners guide to mindfulness with OMY that will help even the biggest stress heads feel a little more zen. 1, 2, 3 Ommmmm together now….
1) Find the right colouring product for you. OMY has loads of different illustrated prints to chose from, with designs ranging from fantasy worlds to cityscapes.
2) Think about when you’re most likely to colour in. If you know you’re busy during the week, pick up one of OMY’s Pocket Maps so you can whip it out on the commute to work. If you’d rather give colour in a go in the evening, why not make it a long term design project and get one of their XXL Giant Colouring Rolls? After it’s finished you can use it as wallpaper or even a tablecloth. Two birds. One stone.
3) Find a quiet(ish) space. It doesn’t have to be silent but somewhere that you’re less likely to get distracted. If you prefer a bit of background noise, put some music on but no TV allowed! The idea is to de-stress, escape the daily pressures and focus on the here and now – not who Kat Slater is having a go at in Eastenders.
4) Don’t bite off more than you can chew. It’s all very well making one of those ambitious Sunday evening resolutions to colour for an hour every day but in reality it’s quite difficult to put into practise, especially after a long day at work. If you start with the aim of 15 minutes a day, you’re much more likely to stick to it and not make excuses to avoid it.
6) Don’t be surprised if you find it difficult. In our every-day lives we are constantly subject to distractions – it’s sooo easy to just pick up your iPhone and have a scroll but don’t be too hard on yourself. You can’t achieve a state of mindfulness over night! Even if you just take notice of when your thoughts start to wander off you’re practising mindfulness by being aware of it.
5) Enjoy colouring for what is is – an activity just for you!