What is colouring in therapy? 

I have had a lot of people ask what makes colouring in therapy different from just colouring in. The answer is the same as anything that helps with mental illness, it’s the way of that you do it. Just like the difference between breathing normally and Counted Breath. 

From my experience of trial and error and Internet research colouring in works to greatly reduce anxiety and help lift your mood to aid with depression if you work at it. 

Firstly be prepared. Have your pencils sorted into groups of colours that you think look good together on a day when your  mood is good. Put a rubber band around them and put them with your Colouring in stuff. 

Choose the right pages, you need different pages for depression than for anxiety. Make sure there is a lot of of detail to keep you focused. 

Choose a quiet area with good light, you can have some soft happy music playing if you like. 

Make sure that you are sitting in a comfy position with your back supported. 

Be prepared to work at it.  You need to colour for at least an hour a day but on bad days you can do it all day if you need to. 

Be realistic,  don’t expect to be perfect or finish a whole page each time.  I will do another post later with some tutorials to help but most of all to get the benefit, you have to work at it. Here is a picture to show how much I get done in an hour and I am an experienced arts. Til next time. Stay safe! 

A bucket full of Roses

Sometimes when I am having a day when depression is kicking my butt I like to stick my face in a bucket of roses.

The feel of the petals and the smell of the roses helps to bring me out of past failures, shame and other depressive thoughts and feelings that are threatening to overwhelm me and back into the now.

It reminds me how lucky I am to be here and now with a wonderful rose garden.

Here are some of today’s bucket full. What simple things do you do to snap out of depressive thoughts?

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Welcome to my project

Hi and welcome to my blog.  I am Teesha Morgan…so who am I? I am still working that out. But here are a few things that I know about myself: I am an artist and have been on and off for my whole life, I have mental Illness and have had Anxiety and Depression for pretty much my whole life too, I am also a sufferer and survivor of Chronic Pain, Endometriosis not the normal kind of course because who wants to be normal. I have a vengeful adult daughter who hates me, I swear she lives to make my life as hellish as she can and elevate the A,D & CP and even went so far as to say I died and she was raised by her grandparents on her book sleeve! you can raise them right and they can still turn out the be Aholes. To make up for that I have a wonderfully amazing hubby loves me and makes up for all of the above most of the time. All of this fo course adds to my art which is why we are here.

But here are a few things that I know about myself: I am an artist and have been on and off for my whole life, I have mental Illness and have had Anxiety and Depression for pretty much my whole life too, I am also a sufferer and survivor of Chronic Pain, Endometriosis not the normal kind of course because who wants to be normal. I have a vengeful adult daughter who hates me, I swear she lives to make my life as hellish as she can and elevate the A,D & CP and even went so far as to say I died and she was raised by her grandparents on her book sleeve! you can raise them right and they can still turn out the be Aholes. To make up for that I have a wonderfully amazing hubby loves me and makes up for all of the above most of the time. I love my garden and propagating and growing plants from seed especially things that are edible. I love glitter !! sorry I know but I had to let you know in advance. I have 6 hand raised pet ducks who are my babies and I spend many hours each day with them as they keep me smiling. I made myself purple synthetic dreadlocks that I like to wear, I love rainbow hair well really I love colour everywhere. I used to be skinny but now I am not and I am not happy about it. All of this fo course adds to my art which is why we are here.

As someone who has suffered from Anxiety, Depression and Chronic Pain – I love to colour in and have been doing it all of my life and having recently read and article about self-publishing and having had a lot of people tell me that I should make my Zendoodles a colouring in book I decided to give it a try. I know there are already a lot of Adult colouring in books out there- hey I own a lot of them, but I have noticed that a lot of them are just the same old images re-bundled with a couple of new ones into another book. Also being that I have a lot of friends who suffer from Mental Health issues I really wanted to do something that can help people who are not so arty get the most benefit out of their colouring in.

Also being that I have a lot of friends who suffer from Mental Health issues I really wanted to do something that can help people who are not so arty get the most benefit out of their colouring in. So of course everyone said- “you have to blog it”….now i have tried to write blogs before and failed miserably but this time, I am going to treat it as a project and hopefully give anyone who actually reads this a chance to give feedback, ideas and tips on how to make colouring in an enjoyable activity that also helps out in those times when the Black Dog or the Crazy Brain come to visit. As well as hopefully helping even a little to reduce the stigma of Mental Illness. I may also do some reviews of art supplies as I have tried and tested quite a lot.

So I hope that sounds interesting and that you will follow me on this project, tell your friends and that we can make a really great book. Cheers for now Teesha