Time to get out the crayons?

Kate Marler reports on the latest craze.


Colouring books used to only be associated with children. As we grow older, and some of us embark upon the massive university experience, colouring pencils tend to be swapped for more respectable writing tools, like pens and highlighters. Unless of course you are lucky enough to have the talent to draw – as you can see from my first attempt at colouring in years, I do not!

However, psychologists now express that colouring is a growing form of alternative therapy. A simple activity to relieve stress and anxiety, many students who I have spoken too can’t get enough of them. Stress is a natural feeling, and it occurs to help us cope in challenging situations, such as rushing through an assignment with an ungodly hangover, or with the pregnancy sickness that right now is tearing my life apart! Ok, maybe I’m being a little dramatic.

So last week, I searched the shelves high and low in all of the lovely Falmouth bookstores, and bought myself my very first adult colouring book.

Picture1At first, I questioned whether the books were only part of a trend. A trend for burnt-out adults who long to escape back to the blissful days of childhood. But after developing my own colouring addiction, I know that there is a lot more to them than that; they have un-expectantly driven away a lot of stress. They have helped me to disentangle myself from the messy, disordered parts of my life.

So now that I have found one way to de-stress during third year, I look forward to my next. As well as lots of pretty colouring, a swim in the cold January sea with my husky is what I need. My bump isn’t noticeable yet, so I hope I can still fit into my boyfriend’s wetsuit!