When I’m ruminating I find that colouring in really calms me down. I am not entirely sure why as one would think that it is possible to be thinking unwanted thoughts just as much as usual, regardless of if colouring in or not simultaneously. However, for some reason I find that my mind goes quite blank (in a pleasant way) when I am colouring in, and minutes can go by in which I do not notice any of the distressing thoughts previously being experienced.
It provides a nice reprieve from the incessant thoughts, and seems to slow everything down. I find it immensely calming. It is almost a form of escapism – albeit a healthy one. The motion of the pen is quite comforting as well; rather absorbing and addictive, once I get into the flow. Apparently, because it is a centering activity, it affects the amygdala – the emotion regulation centre of the brain.
Here are a couple of recent pages from two colouring book I’ve been using:
I’m now moving onto Project Floral Elephant. Someone special got the huge banner for me for my birthday, and I plan to colour it in (eventually – it’s huge!), then frame it and hang it above my bed.