Stress levels are rising around the world, with 6 in 10 workers experiencing increased workplace stress (China has the highest rise at 86%) – The Regus Group. 91 % of Australians say they are feeling stress in at least one important area of their life, and almost 50% feel very stressed about one part of their life – Lifeline Australia.
We feel stress for so many reasons – job issues or retirement, finances, lack of time, family problems, relationships, bereavement, marriage, divorce. Christmas can be one of the most stressful times of the year for many people.
So what is stress?
Stress is your body’s natural defence against real or perceived danger – it flushes your body with neurochemicals (cortisol, adrenalin and noradrenalin) to prepare you to confront the danger or run away (your fight or flight response). This is very useful when danger is imminent (it could save your life), but in today’s world, the nature of the stress is often longer term and needs a different way of handling. Having cortisol hang around in your body for a long time isn’t a good idea as far as your health is concerned.
Many people are finding relief in mindful colouring. So how does it help?
Mindfulness is bringing your focused attention to the present moment, and letting your thoughts come and go without judgment.
Colouring in gives you a rhythm and flow that helps to calm a part of your brain, called the Amygdala. It can be very relaxing and soothing, and a great way to warn off stress.
When you’re colouring, you’re not really thinking about anything else.
In that moment – when you’re sitting down with a traditional piece of paper and some pens, no apps, no noise – it’s like going back to being a kid again.
For many people, the Christmas season can feel very stressful. If you’re finding yourself feeling a bit overwhelmed, why not buy a Mindful colouring in book and have the pleasure of 30 minutes each day creating something beautiful – and relaxing along the way.