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Colouring can help tremendously with individuals with PTSD, anxiety and stress issues; as they calm down our amygdala. This is the part of the brain that controls our fight or flight response, and keeps individuals in a heightened state of worry, panic, and hyper-vigilance, when it is active. Colouring and focusing on this harmless and calming activity can actually turn that response down, and let your brain have some much needed rest and relaxation. This can be an exceptionally productive and welcome outlet.

While I am doing revision of 2017 content, many of the children in my classes have chosen to colour in.  The one condition is that they still engage in the lesson and I am finding that it is making a difference to those who sometimes find it a little tough to focus, so I decided to find out what the experts had to say about the practice.  And it is all POSITIVE!!

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Believe it or not, colouring has intellectual benefits as well. It utilizes areas of the brain that enhance focus and concentration. It also helps with problem solving and organizational skills. Our frontal lobes are responsible for these higher level activities and functions of the brain, and coloring detailed pictures activates all those properties.

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Colouring utilizes both hemispheres of the brain: right and left. When we are thinking about balance, color choices, applying coloured pencil to paper, we are working on problem solving and fine motor skills.

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