Colouring for grown-ups

Lynne Lanning discovers a new way to relax that's not just for kids!

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My daughter is taking her GCSE exams at the moment, and I bought her an anti-stress colouring book for her to doodle on when her mind needs a rest from cramming in all those facts and figures! She wasn't keen on it however, so the other evening, on a rare evening of no revision, when my house was full of teenagers and there was nowhere for me to sit, I took to my bed with the colouring book, a packet of new felt-tip pens, bought for the revision and a glass of wine.
I felt a bit sceptical about the 'colouring in for grown-ups concept' - aren't I too old for this now? But when I got going, I was transported back to my childhood when I would sit for hours, doodling and drawing, then colouring in the shapes and trying not to keep my drawings neat and not go over the edges.
It was a great way to switch off the internal chatter in my mind, just focusing on colouring in the patterns with pretty colours.

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Lynne Lanning

Art Editor, Psychologies