Remember back a few years when we found ourselves in the mist of a colouring in craze. It seemed like in every cafe people were colouring in whilst sipping their cappuccinos – the world had been swept up in this phenomenon.

I remember many years ago when I was still living in my hometown of Sydney I would often meet friends for dinner at a lovely restaurant in Paddington where instead of tablecloths they had butchers paper with tubs of crayons and pencils and looking around and noticing all the adults were either doodling or colouring in.

When you looked in the bookstores and supermarkets there are literally hundreds of colouring in books for adults. With millions having been sold there must be something to this…

It was almost like we were given permission to get out our coloured pencils and texters and play again.

From a colour psychology perspective, colouring in brings out our inner child, reconnecting us to happy memories. It allowed us to reconnect with that inner child part of ourselves we often neglect.

Holding a crayon or a pencil and the act of using our hands connects the brain and the heart in a way a computer, a keyboard, or a mobile phone never can.

The simple act of picking your favourite colours and connecting colour to paper frees your mind from stress and worries and connects you back to your playful child self.

Spotted these fun pencils at the Tate Modern. Can’t decide on a colour? You can have them all!

Whenever I colour in, my biggest decision is which colour to pick as I have so many I love!

I’d love to hear what you think about the idea of picking up a crayon again, or if you’re already a convert, what it has given you. Pop in your comment below and help spread the colouring in bug.

Together let’s colour the world!

Karen x

Feature image by Mint Owl on Unsplash
Pencil image by Karen Haller