Before this turns into a whole debate: 'colouring' is the British spelling, 'coloring' is the spelling in America (and some other countries.) I'm using the British spelling, because I'm British.
Adult colouring is officially a 'thing' now.
I personally think that that's fab. You know why? Because it's the world saying, screw it - this is fun, and fun is good.
Pleasure (that doesn't hurt anyone,) is good. Colour is good. Beauty is good.
Art (and it is art, no two pictures look the same when you're done,) is good.
Also, because it's good for mental health - really.
And not just the mental health of those of us with mental illnesses.
Everyone on this peculiar green 'n' blue orb of ours has mental health, just as we all have physical health. So everyone can benefit from a bit of a chillax, and a spark of fun.
Taking care of your mental health is a good thing, even if you don't have a diagnosed condition, just as exercise is good for your physical health whether or not you've had a health scare.
Of course there are, believe it or not, people who disagree with the trend being labelled as a form of therapy or meditation.
I personally think that that's more than a little pretentious of them.
If something helps you, then it helps you.
Only you can know whether you find it relaxing, or a form of self-expression, or a general mood-lifter.
They are not actually feeling what you feel. Do what works for you. (Which, incidentally, is my general advice for any mental health treatment, or leisure/pleasure activities.)
A lot of people say that colouring helps them with 'mindfulness' - I don't subscribe to the mindfulness philosophy; it just doesn't help me in any way.
I blame my slightly hippy-ish parents; they've inadvertently given me an aversion to anything Buddhism, yoga, or meditation-related. I just can't be dealing with it. It's probably pretty much my only way to rebel.
But if mindfulness works for you, then use it.
Anyways, I quite like the odd colouring-in session myself. Not as much as some people, but I do enjoy it.
Although, I rarely finish a picture or pattern because I have a habit of blending in colours and getting a bit 'artsy' - and then I get distracted by other pics, and decide to start another one.
But that's another great thing - no-one is telling me that I have to finish, or that it has to be done in a certain way.
That leaves you free to find out what you want to do, and what you think is pretty, or just fun, or whatever.
And sometimes, having even that small semblance of control in a situation where you feel unbearably helpless and worthless, is a tremendous plus-point.
Anyhow, here are a few of my favourite colouring books -
This is my favourite - it has a mixture of patterns and pictures, and you can colour in Benedict Cumberbatch's face (and also Martin Freeman's.)
What more could you want, really?
So, if you're a rabid Sherlockian (and let's face it, most Sherlockians are rabid,) then I'm sure you'll love it.
I really love it - it gives me a chance to be creative and nerdy, at the same time.
Vintage Patterns: Creative Colouring For Grown-Ups
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