I'm very excited to announce that I will be celebrating National Colouring Day this year by partnering up with Healthline in their Colour for Calm contest! The contest is meant to shine a light on mental health by promoting the therapeutic effects of colouring for stress, anxiety, depression, and other mental health conditions. Starting on August 2nd, you can participate in the contest by downloading one of four colouring pages. Simply colour, snap a pic, and tag @colourwithclaire and @Healthline on Facebook, Instagram, and/or Twitter to be considered! US RESIDENTS ONLY
Check Out The Official Contest Page
If you’d like to learn more about how drawing, colouring, and creating can make a positive impact on mental health, read on!
The Health Benefits of Art
Research shows that drawing, colouring, and other fine motor activities help to activate the parasympathetic nervous system and calm the fight or flight response, easing stress and unleashing creativity. Studies suggest that painting pictures, making music, sewing skirts, or creating cakes can have the following positive benefits for mental health. A study called “The Influence of Art Making on Anxiety: A Pilot Study” suggests that a little time working on art can significantly reduce a person’s state of anxiety. Another study indicates that art allows people to forget about their condition for a while, allowing them to focus on the positive things in their life. Being wholly focused on a craft project can have an effect similar to meditation, which research suggests can help in the management of anxiety and depression.
Dopamine is a chemical associated with the reward centre in your brain. Among other things, it provides feelings of enjoyment to help you start or continue doing certain activities. A study published in the Archives of General Psychiatry suggests that people with depression are lacking in dopamine. Crafting is a non-medicinal way to stimulate dopamine, which ultimately makes you feel happy. In a study of 3,500 knitters, researchers found that 81 percent of knitters with depression perceived that knitting made them feel happier.
More and more, research like the above is indicating that art, crafts, and colouring are an effective tool for promoting happiness and overall well-being.
If you’re ready to give it a try, check out Healthline’s coloring pages and