Contest: Colour a page created by a local artist

Youth, kids, and even adults - this is therapy!

There’s still time to enter a contest to win a local artist’s handmade item or a gift certificate, but you have to get your entry in by June 15.

Colouring can be strangely satisfying for both kids and adults. As a social circle activity or as a solitary focus, adults have been taking to colouring for the last decade.

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Arts Mosaic is providing pages from their Arts Mosaic Colouring Book by local artists. That’s the contest: colour a page, take a photo of your work, send it in and your name could be drawn to win a prize.

Administrator Christa Milne, explains, “We want to add some colour to your new 'normal', and to support the local economy and local artists.”

Go to www.artsmosaic.ca/ and download the colouring page for your area - Town of Virden, RM of Pipestone, RM of Sifton, or the RM of Wallace-Woodworth and start colouring.

When you’re done, take a picture of your completed page and post it on Facebook. Tag Arts Mosaic (@mbartsmosaic), use the hashtag #artsmosaiccolouring, and hashtag the area you live in: #townofvirden #rmofpipestone #rmofsifton #rmofwallacewoodworth

This contest began weeks ago, but there’s still time to get in on it and, it’s open to all ages and colouring is good for everyone, whether you’re a CAO, a teen, a busy parent or a senior.

Psychologists and art therapists talk about “guided relaxation activity” or “mindfulness” as important relaxation techniques. It’s also good for our motor skills, say brain scientists.

According to information on www.beaumont.org, coloring has the ability to relax the fear center of your brain, the amygdala. This reduces the thoughts of a restless mind.

Colouring requires the two hemispheres of the brain to communicate. While logic helps us stay inside the lines, choosing colors generates a creative thought process.

Coloring won’t play havoc with your sleep-inducing melatonin levels so this can be a relaxing and electronic-free bedtime ritual.

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