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This Friday I’ll be at Sunrise Senior Living in Peasmarsh for Colour Club. Why are so many adults going back to colouring?! Colouring is for kids right? Or is it? The simple act of colouring has been gaining such popularity over the past 5 years as more and more people are discovering the therapeutic benefits of colouring. It’s paralleled with the increasing number of people taking up meditation and mindfulness practices for wellbeing. The great thing about colouring, if you find meditation daunting or struggle like me to clear your mind, is that colouring is a great introductory activity to bring more mindful. It’s a wonderful balance of being neither too much to do as to be stressful nor too little to do as to be as challenging as meditation. Author, speaker and communication expert Robert Mark Waldman explains that focused attention on repetitive activities like colouring help to replace negative thoughts and create a feeling of peace. People who find concentrative meditation to be too difficult often find the creative act of colouring to be much easier, more approachable, and effective for achieving a state of relaxation and mindfulness. If you haven’t coloured in years and are struggling with meditation this could be something to try. My experience is that this is a gentle, no pressure way to experience the cognitive benefits of being creative. Picking colours that express your mood, the physical repetitive movement and simple fun of a “childhood” activity brings you into the present moment, discourages distractingly thoughts and helps to relax and unwind. While the UK has not taken to colouring to the extent that other countries like France or the US have I’m hoping to change that with my classes and colouring book coming in September. If you’d like to have a go you can join one of my colouring classes just visit Workshops.