NOTE: The following giveaway is open to Canadians only.
Welcome to March! And as I refresh The Weather Network for the umpteenth time to check when the winter storm will arrive, I can only concede that there’s some truth to the ol’ saying.
So today, instead of stressing about the inclement weather (kids have been shipped off to school), the inevitable snow shoveling (it’s a good workout after all) or the incessant storm reporting on the news (not like we live in Canada or anything), I’m going to colour.
Have you tried your hand (pun intended) at the new adult colouring trend? According to the American Art Therapy Association, art therapy is a mental health profession in which the process of making and creating artwork is used to “explore feelings, reconcile emotional conflicts, foster self-awareness, manage behavior and addictions, develop social skills, improve reality orientation, reduce anxiety and increase self-esteem.” (Source)
Okay, so perhaps I’m not there just yet. But I do believe a very basic benefit of colouring is that it allows us to switch off our brains from other thoughts and focus only on the moment, helping to alleviate anxiety and reduce stress, if only temporarily. And for me, even a short-lived break from stress is better than no break at all.
Ready to colour? Indigo, Chapters and Coles is a great first stop, boasting a wide selection of adult colouring books and art supplies. I recently purchased Magic Garden: Fantastic Flowers Coloring Book for Adults because I’m partial to doodling flowers and vines – I have old notebooks from elementary school with floral designs! I’ll be sure to post my finished artwork online once complete. (My husband bets I won’t be able to sit and colour for more than five minutes straight – we’ll see! I’m hoping to prove him wrong.)
One lucky reader will WIN a $100 Chapters Indigo Gift Card – that’s enough money to buy everything you need to get started, plus a few more goodies! Simply fill the form below with your qualifying answers. Good luck!