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.
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.