Colouring books used to be just for children, before us adults discovered how they can help us to relieve some of our stress and anxiety.
Just like children get captivated by the world of colouring, as adults, we can transport ourselves back to childhood and escape from our busy lives- using colouring as a calming, de-stressing distraction.
Many people have reported that colouring can help to ease headaches, slow our breathing and put us in to a relaxed state of mind. It allows us to slow down and reconnect with ourselves and become more mindful.
The craze first came about in France, where women were buying themselves colouring books to help them relax, but it has now taken the UK by storm. Retailers like Waterstones saw a rapid increase in sales of colouring books and noticed that largely, that was down to adults buying the books for themselves rather than for their children.
Colouring can be especially useful if you suffer from a chronic pain condition that means you are unable to work. If you concentrate on colouring, your mind is less likely to be thinking about your pain, helping to ease your symptoms and leave you feeling more relaxed and calm. Rather than binge-watching Netflix, try spending an hour or so with a colouring book and see how you feel afterwards.
Not only are colouring books a great way for you to de-stress, some books are specifically designed for the pages to rip out, so you can create a gift to give to a loved one that has a personal touch and at a low cost, so if you get yourself one now you can create some masterpieces in time for Christmas!
Of course, colouring books cannot cure your pain condition, but they can help to take your mind off of your suffering and create a stress free environment. Another way to decrease your stress levels is to get a good night’s sleep. Find out 5 ways stress affects your sleep and how to deal with it in this blog post.