Stressed Out at Work? Colour Your Way to Calm

Stressed out at work? Colour your way to calm

Stressed out at work? Colour your way to calm

Stressed out? Aching for the childhood days of colouring, creating and imagining again? Thanks to OMY Design & Play, colouring is making a comeback for adults! This young French studio understands the science behind relaxation techniques – and colouring is definitely one of them.

Colouring is a terrific way to de-stress and unwind whether you’re at home with a never-ending to-do list or at the office enduring a spout of high-anxiety writer’s block. Taking a break to colour could be the most therapeutic method of relaxing your body and mind.

The benefits of colouring are endless; from releasing negative energy to receiving calming vibes through the repetitive nature of colouring inside the lines. Although colouring requires a bit of hand-eye coordination and concentration, it will still encourage you to zone out for a while. ‘As you colour you find yourself concentrating harder, which in turn slows your breathing and helps you reach a state of calm.’ There’s nothing like a seemingly mindless, yet enjoyable task to bring a little meditation back into your life.

Colouring is an activity that allows you to focus on one task and forget the rest thus improving your overall concentration levels – it ‘stimulates creative thinking as it encourages you to unlock your imagination.’ Taking a few minutes to let your brain pause will in turn open the space for new ideas and creative thinking to spring to the forefront of your mind.

OMY Design & Play offer giant rolls, posters and place-mats for a variety of fun. Purchase one specifically for adults that include intricate, whimsical designs or iconic cityscapes. Get a little crazy with infinite shades of color and stick a giant colouring poster on your wall or across the floor. The design titles La Vie and Patchwork are labeled “for Grown Ups” so take advantage and decorate your walls with a new vibrant design. These giant-sized rolls will measure to 1.80 m x 1m when unrolled  and all made of recycled paper, too!

For those with kids, colouring in is a great activity to share after a stressful day for both of you. Creating a new piece of artwork will allow you to bond with your own kid and re-connect with your inner child. There’s a reason it’s a favourite pastime for so many youngsters and remains a delight for adults. Fun designs for the kids include Magic, Cosmos and Play.

Check out the pack of Colouring Placements where you can sit at the kitchen table and brighten up different cities such as London, New York, and Tokyo. Create colouring time that removes the whole family from bright TV screens and laptops to revel in family creativity. Your kitchen table can come to life with a new colourful masterpiece for everyone to enjoy.

The Pocket Maps include quirky illustrations of different places in one key city. The package comes with a sheet of memo stickers for you and your travel partners to personalise the maps and mark spots you want to visit! The size makes it easy to stash in a backpack or carry-on for everyone to use while exploring a new place. Must-buys include Barcelona and Paris.

We’re always in search of different ways to relax and free that creativity stuck in the middle of stress and obligations. Embrace your inner child and enjoy the fun of colouring again!

Rachel Shippee

Rachel is in her final year at Elon University in North Carolina studying International Studies, Creative Writing, and Spanish. Her passion lies in combining these interests through advocacy for women's rights at a global level. She has previously written for College Lifestyles and Her Campus Media. Follow her on Twitter @rachelshippee.

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