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I joined the adult colouring fad and I am happy

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At the end of every year, for the last five years, I am adamant that the past year was tougher than ever. By November, my shoulders are heavy and my enthusiasm for life is almost zero.

Waking up every morning has become a challenge and my stress levels are not decreasing with the on set of the ‘festive period’. And often when I am in this period of extreme stress my usual mechanism of ‘sitting down’ doesn’t really help. I can’t even read a book without getting a splitting headache.

So I decided to join a fad and I think it has been the best fad I joined in a long time. Adult colouring books have taken the market by storm. And I can understand why. When I reflect at the real issues of the world and how much people have to deal with in comparison to the meagre issues I need to deal with, I realise that contentment and calmness is missing in our lives.

Only when you sit with a box of colour pencils and a colouring book of calming patterns and landscapes do you realise how you never just ‘sit down’. The motion of splashing colour all over a page is therapeutic in ways you have never imagined.

My colouring is worst than a 5 year old. I never colour in the lines and never colour coordinate. But after a session with my pocket colouring I felt so refreshed- like a heavy weight was lifted off my shoulders.

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Adult colouring books come in all forms and sizes. I prefer the small pocket ones which I can take along with me wherever I go. I have The Little Book of Clam Colouring which is available at most Exclusive Books. I obtained a bigger glossy one, Colour Yourself Happiness, for my friend Hasina which she was really excited about.

The prices differ vastly in the prices of the books. You can get a a small one which are quite cheap and then there are those which have glossy hard covers with a wide range of pictures to colour in. They average at around R200. I think in this age of stress, adult colouring books are a great, great gift. If you are on a budget, you can even print free patterns from the internet which you can colour and even frame.

I have come to realise that there is a little community of adult colourers who take it really seriously and have clubs for people to get together and colour. I really don’t have time for that. Or take it that seriously to order special colour pencils online. But, it has been a massive de-stressor and helped to restore my ‘headspace’.

I am now that weird journalist that carries a colouring book along while some of my friends and colleagues carry their box of harmful tobacco.

3 thoughts on “I joined the adult colouring fad and I am happy

  1. Dear Sister

    Islam is a beautiful religion.
    when ever faced with any sort of difficulty, the solution lies in deen.
    If one is stressed or feel down to whatever reason it maybe, remember , your Ilaah has kept the solution in Islam.

    My belief is that coloring is no solution to stress, the best would be to reconnect with Allah.
    Zirkrullah, salaah and especially (for me) Quraan Tilawat is what brings peace and happiness.

    May Allah guide me and all of us towards him, and detach our hearts from all these trivial activities.

  2. السَّلاَمُ عَلَيْكُمْ وَرَحْمَةُاللهِ وَبَرَكَاتُهُ

    Totally random, but just heard your Nikaah anouncement on Cii Radio… My family and I were so excited although only knowing you as the amazing author… Mubarak, May Allah Ta’ala bless your marriage, fill it with lots of Love, everlasting happiness and Barakah.. آمِيْن ثُمَّ آمِيْن ♡

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