Colour away your worries in the library


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Do you colour between the lines? Or do you prefer to break free of those restrictive boundaries and colour where your pencil takes you?

We invite all students – regardless of colouring-in style –  to join us at our Colour in Corner this week and, well, colour-in.

We’ll provide the pencils and the paper. You just need to bring your creativity and maybe a few of your classmates.

Colour in Corner is being hosted by Griffith University Library as part of University Mental Health and Well-Being Week from 10-14 October.

What does colouring-in have to do with mental health? Well, neuropsychologist, Dr Stan Rodski says the act of colouring-in can reduce stress (Colourtation, Brain Science).

And he conducted actual research to prove his point. Basically, he got a bunch of super-stressed executives to colour-in for 30-minutes a day and monitored their anxiety levels.

Dr Rodski found colouring-in provides ‘a fun habit forming activity to improve stress management outcomes’.

Another study from 2005 shows that what you colour matters. According to two academics in Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, ‘coloring a mandala for 20 minutes is more effective at reducing anxiety than free-form coloring for 20 minutes’ (Can coloring mandalas reduce anxiety?).

Want to colour-in a mandala and reduce your anxiety? Come and take a seat at our Colour in Corner. We’ve got the mandalas covered (or is that coloured?).

University Mental Health and Well-Being Week aims to raise awareness of the mental health and well-being of those who study and work at Griffith.

Head to the Student Services webpage to see the full program of events being held across all Griffith campuses this week.