這兩年的暢銷書排行榜一系列意想不到的書籍異軍突起
沒錯!就是全球熱銷百萬冊的曼陀羅著色畫
著色本不再只是小孩的遊戲,紓壓又療癒讓大人們也愛不釋手
著色時的單純、安靜,具有類似冥想的紓壓效果,
提供現代人在忙碌生活中喘息的機會。

Why adult coloring books are good for you
來看看CNN報導

Art Therapy, Adult Coloring Books and Your Mental Health
 

According to the American Art Therapy Association, art therapy is a mental health profession in which the process of making and creating artwork is used to "explore feelings, reconcile emotional conflicts, foster self-awareness, manage behavior and addictions, develop social skills, improve reality orientation, reduce anxiety and increase self-esteem." So basically, it's similar to good old therapy. (Don't think you need therapy? Here's why you should take a mental health day now) Yet art therapy is not only about learning and improving yourself — it's a means of personal expression, too.

therapy(n.)=療法;治療
profession(n.)=職業;聲明;行業;信仰
reconcile(v.)=調和;和解;妥協;一致
self-awareness(n.)=自我意識
addiction(n.)=沉溺;上癮
anxiety(n.)=焦慮;擔心;渴望
self-esteem(n.)=自尊;自負

The Health Benefits of Adult Coloring Books
  
Despite the fact that coloring and art therapy aren't quite the same thing, coloring does offer a slew of mental benefits. "Coloring definitely has therapeutic potential to reduce anxiety, create focus or bring about more mindfulness," says Berberian. Groundbreaking research in 2005 proved anxiety levels dropped when subjects colored mandalas, which are round frames with geometric patterns inside. Simply doodling, though, had no effect in reducing the other subjects' stress levels.

definitely(adv.)=肯定地;當然地;明確地
potential(adj.)=潛在的;可能的 / (n.)=潛力;潛能
mindfulness(n.)=留神;警覺;注意
geometric(adj.)=幾何學的;幾何學圖形的

Just like meditation, coloring also allows us to switch off our brains from other thoughts and focus only on the moment, helping to alleviate free-floating anxiety. It can be particularly effective for people who aren't comfortable with more creatively expressive forms of art, says Berberian.


meditation(n.)=沉思;冥想 
switch off=關掉
free-floating(adj.)=自由浮動的

 

How to Get Started
  
Want to fill in some pages? Keep in mind, if you're dealing with significant mental or emotional issues, art therapy is going to be more effective than coloring solo. But for those who just need a hobby to help them chill out, these books could be the ticket. As Berberian puts it, "I truly believe that people should be engaging in activities that make them feel restored."

significant(adj.)=重要的;有意義的;意味深長的;顯著的
chill out=冷靜下來;放鬆
engaging(adj.)=動人的;迷人的;有魅力的

According to ColoringBooks.net, adults should skip the crayons and go straight for the colored pencils (precision is everything when it comes to tuning in). And Crayola has a complete guide that shows how to take your tools up a notch by blending colors, shading and adding highlights and lowlights to your newfound masterpieces. Now get scribbling!


crayons(n.)=蠟筆;蠟筆畫 / (v.)=以蠟筆作畫
precision(n.)=精確;精密度 / (adj.)=精確的


實用英文句型
  

著色本的英文是coloring books,
紓壓、放鬆的英文可用relax及unwind來表示。
當你碰到外國友人或客戶,想要開啟聊天話題,
就可以說「Adults across the wolrd have picked up coloring books as a way to relax and unwind these years」
這幾年,全世界的大人把著色本當成紓壓跟放鬆的方式。

如果想表示「著色本在最近突然受到大人歡迎」,
可善用具有「變得流行」意味的片語catch on
例如「Coloring books are suddenly catching on with adults」。


沒有死板的規定,愛怎麼畫就怎麼畫,沒有時間限制,
下班後幾小時輕鬆完成一幅彩繪作品,
難怪會造成大流行啊~

 


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