In this hectic life today, juggling work, family and fun.

But somewhere along the line humans need to find an effective way to unwind.

A workshop at the World Science Festival may have an unusual solution.

Maudy Veltema reports.


Colouring – simply a children’s leisure activity? Think again.

Drinks, crayons and colouring sheets, set the scene for a relaxing evening at the World Science Festival in Brisbane.

It’s called “Colour me Calm”.

Neuroscientist Stanley Rodski explained his colour-tation technique that combines meditation and colouring to de-clutter the brain.

Dr. Stanley Rodski, Neuroscientist: “The brain can actually, through the process of repetition, pattern and control of a colouring, process mimic for the brain the effect of an hour of mediation.”

Just five minutes with a crayon is enough time to get your daily dose.

Dr. Stanley Rodski, Neuroscientist: “And it doesn’t matter whether you finish it in that time, then it has the effect on the brain that we want.”

Vox 1: “If I only have to invest 5 or 6 minutes definitely.”

The hands-on presentation was filled with fun exercises that sometimes challenged the brain.

Vox 2: “Can’t do it.”

Recent research shows that 53% of Australians feel frequently stressed.

The relaxing art of colouring in can provide relieve from daily stresses.

Dr Stanley Rodski, Neuroscientist: “For you millennials who need to be totally emerged in the digital world and have no time available to do anything, this is an answer.”

And here at least colouring-in did appear to calm the senses.

Maudy Veltema, QUT News.