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Five reasons mandala colouring is good for your health

23 May 2019 Wesley Mission news

Feeling stressed? Need something to take your mind off your troubles?

It might seem odd, but an increasing amount of research indicates that mandala colouring may be just what you need… and here’s why.

1. Mandala colouring is relaxing

There seems to be something about the act of colouring-in that soothes our brains and helps calm our thoughts. From choosing your colours through to seeing the intricate patterns of mandala art come to life, every step helps you slow down and concentrate on something other than your problems.

2. Mandala colouring is a distraction from stress and negative habits

According to a recent article by Dr. Nikki Martinez, adult colouring books can help with a number of emotional and mental health issues including anxiety, stress, obsessive-compulsive disorders and much more.

"The time and focus that adult colouring takes helps the individual remove the focus from the negative issues and habits, and focus them in a safe and productive way,”  says Dr Martinez.

3. Mandala colouring provides a link to childhood and simpler times

Remember when an afternoon could stretch on for what seemed like days as you sat and coloured-in? By taking our colouring pencils up again, we can tap into the feelings we experienced during those times, which can bring a sense of peace and safety as we navigate our way through an often confusing and troubling world.

4. Mandala colouring engages both sides of our brain

While the act of colouring may appear to be very passive, the reality is, our minds are still actively at work. Mandala colouring engages both hemispheres of the brain as we make decisions, explore our creativity in new ways, engage our fine motor skills, and draw on our problem-solving faculties.

5. Mandala colouring helps create positive thoughts

Dr. Martinez says that colouring is like a form of therapy that “can help us replace negative thoughts with positive and pleasant ones”. By focusing on the task in front of us, those negative and unhelpful thoughts—and even our physical or emotional pain—can be blocked from our minds.

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