Colour Therapy with Adult Colouring Books
So, you’ve done all the puzzles, crosswords and probably even played too many games of solitaire to count. If you’re wondering what you’re going to fill your downtime with while physical distancing for the cold months ahead, allow us to help.
Have you considered colouring? Yes, the bygone act of colouring inside the lines has its benefits into adulthood. It’s supposed to aid in destressing, focus and even shows promising psychosocial benefits among cancer patients.
We caught up with Danielle Mitchell, of Average Black Girl, to learn about the Adult Coloring Book she created with breast cancer patients in mind. Here’s what she had to say.
Why did you create a colouring book for breast cancer patients?
I created the Adult Coloring Book For Breast Cancer Patients as my first quarantine idea.
I am a Marketing Strategist and worked very closely on events during Breast Cancer Month in 2019. I spoke to a lot of women during that time, and many women told me that one thing that is not talked about is the amount of time you spend waiting during the treatment process. Many times, you spend hours waiting for treatments, doctor’s appointments, and the time spent in between.
I created this coloring book with breast cancer patients in mind. May this book keep you company when you need it most, help you to relieve stress and pass time. I am thinking of you, rooting for you and praying for you always.
What thought went into the specific designs to make them anti-stress?
Being a marketing strategist, I knew that Adult Coloring Books have been on the rise for the last few years but once the world shut down, I felt that it was important to be able to deal with disappointment and life happening beyond my control with real tools and resources. The two things that we focused on
What is some feedback you’ve received about your colouring books from the breast cancer community?
I have received so much positive feedback! Some of my reviews on amazon have mentioned how relaxing it is to use, on the artwork and positive messages throughout.
Can you speak more about the importance of de-stressing in a creative way?
When the lockdown happened and there were talks of extending the stay at home order, the first thing I did was enroll in therapy. I had not really had a lot of disappointment in my life so I wanted to make sure I had good coping mechanisms. Two things we focused on were 1) having a good morning routine to have a productive day regardless of what has happened day to 2) to engage in some stress-relieving activities. I have incorporated journaling, working out, tea, and coloring to my list of activities. Having an outlet is important regardless but during a pandemic, it is even more imperative.
What would you like people to know about you and this colouring book that they might not judging by its cover?
Inside the book, we feature different types of women so the many faces (including a man) with breast cancer could see themselves in this book. The book also has custom designs with positive affirmations, as well as custom Mandalas. With over 50 unique images, this is perfect for all skill levels.
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Danielle Mitchell is an International Marketing Strategist and creator of the Adult Coloring Book. She is also helms Average Black Girl, a full-service marketing and promotions site that encourages the global community to invest its resources into the economy of Black-Owned businesses, brands and products.