Everyone likes to find a way to escape the rigors of hectic daily life. Our routines can easily become mundane, be fraught with stress and worry, not to mention busy! Colouring is one way that you can switch off, relax and enjoy a few peaceful, mindful moments.

Isn’t Colouring Just for Children?

The short answer is absolutely NOT! It can be an activity that anyone can engage in and enjoy. If you have children, think about the times that you’ve sat and coloured with them, the peaceful sensation that comes with that is wonderful. Or think back to when you was a child, did you enjoy colouring then?

Colouring books have come a long way from the days when you got them as a Christmas present and filled the images of boats, animals and letters with colour. Now there is a whole genre of them dedicated to grown ups. They come in all shapes and sizes, from botanical designs, intricate animals and even ones that have more adult themes with swear words and nudity!

No more is grabbing a set of pens and your favourite colouring book just for kids!

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Why Colouring?

There are so many reasons as to why partaking in a little colouring can benefit the adult mind and provide some much needed relaxation.

  • It can help improve your fine motor skills
  • Increases focus and concentration
  • Help reduce stress and anxiety
  • Improving sleep patterns
  • Aids the mind in relaxing. Providing opportunities for a quiet space in your brain.
  • Boosts brain functions.
  • Allows mindfulness. Being present in the moment.
  • Is therapeutic and can create a meditative state that aids anxiety, stress and even depression.

This is not by any means an exhaustive list, but gives you a little insight as to why colouring can be so beneficial to your mental health.

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Where do I Start?

This is an option that is entirely up to you. You can purchase adult themed colouring books almost anywhere such as Amazon, W. H. Smiths, or The Works. There is an abundance of options online including free downloads of individual pages and well as plenty of retailers who stock what you are looking for.

However to get you started we thought it would be a lovely idea to give you a page that you can download and print free of charge. The page on offer is from our newly launched The Happiness Colouring Book!

Of course, we are bias, but we think this is a lovely introduction into the world of colouring for anyone who hasn’t tried it as a grown up. It’s also fantastic if you are a seasoned colourer and are looking for a new book to add to your collection.

Packed full of uplifting positive affirmations and decorated with flowers, The Happiness Colouring Book is not only relaxing and calming for the mind, but provides the perfect opportunity for you to escape at the end of a busy day with some much needed mindfulness and self-care! You could even do this with the kids if you wanted to do!

The full book is available to purchase on Amazon for £9.99, you can grab your copy here!

Free Download!

Don’t forget you can download this page for free today either here or in our Free Resources section.

About Author

Erika is bright, bubbly and friendly. Studying to be a counsellor, she is committed to helping others in the pursuit of better mental health. Having suffered from mental health issues herself including severe anxiety and PTSD, she wants to show others that the light at the end of the tunnel is not just a cliché!
Erika enjoys spending time with her little one, friends and family, crafting, reading, writing, music gaming, cooking, creating art, cacti and llamas.

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