I’ve been having some fun with some new software. These are some early attempts at creating mandalas and colouring pages for writers. You can find them here: 6 COLOURING PAGES. Pass them out to your writer’s group, make them available to your students, use them yourself for a few moments of quiet time.
The following is an excerpt with a couple of links from one of my upcoming journals that explains why colouring, stress relief, and creativity are a good combination. I can say from my own experience that even just five or ten minutes of focusing on which colour to choose and which area to colour next will calm the brain and help creativity flow. “William Brennan wrote in the April 2015 issue of The Atlantic: ‘Research suggests there might be something to the idea of coloring as a means of stress relief. A 2012 study in the journal Art Therapy found that art activities such as coloring mandalas significantly reduced anxiety.’ (http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2015/04/big-in-france/386249/) In a HuffPost article, psychologist Antoni Martinez explains that he recommends coloring ‘as a relaxation technique. We can use it to enter into a more creative, freer state. We can also use it to connect with how we feel … I myself have practiced that. I recommend it in a quiet environment, even with chill music. Let the color and the lines flow.’