Colouring books for adults have become somewhat of a phenomenon over recent years. You can’t walk into any book shop without seeing a whole spectrum of different colouring books to encourage you to get your creativity flowing. From mandalas to animals, scenic landscapes to Harry Potter themed, there is definitely a colouring book to suit everyone’s interests and tastes.
I wouldn’t call myself an expert at colouring, but I have been colouring frequently for around five years now, so I can call myself somewhat experienced. I really enjoy colouring and have built up quite the collection of books, colouring pencils and other art supplies. In this article, I am going to discuss the benefits that I have found colouring to have on my overall wellbeing, and hope that it may encourage you to pick up your own colouring book too.
The benefits of colouring
From being part of the colouring community on social media, I know that colouring has different benefits for different people. Some colourers even use it as a way to break a bad habit or addiction such as alcohol or smoking. However, for me, there are a few benefits that I have found over the years that I have had this hobby.
1. Allows you to be creative
We all used to enjoy colouring as children, but why did we stop doing this? Colouring offers you an escape and the ability to be as creative as you want to be, which is something that the vast majority of us don’t have the chance to do in our everyday lives and careers. Your colouring book is for you, and only you. You can experiment with different art mediums, techniques, colour schemes and much more. There is something very satisfying about seeing a blank page (with just some black ink printed on) come to life with every bit of colour you add.
2. Reduces stress and anxiety
This is an obvious benefit – as long as you don’t take your colouring a bit too seriously, like me at times! The gentle motion of putting pencil to paper is very therapeutic and really helps you to destress after a challenging day. In fact, colouring has been found to have the same effect on a restless individual as meditation does.
3. Improves sleep quality
In this day and age, a huge portion of our lives is spent looking at electronic devices. The blue-light that these devices generate can cause havoc when you are trying to get to sleep at night. In fact, a large portion of insomnia sufferers are often found to be using devices just before bed. Instead, why not do some colouring to unwind just before bed. It doesn’t involve technology or blue light at all, and can really be a relaxing way to wind down for the evening.
4. Improves concentration levels
Colouring requires you to focus on what you are doing, but in a relaxing and subtle way. The activity opens up your frontal lobe, which is the part of your brain that controls organising and problem-solving. Whilst colouring, you are exercising the part of your brain, meaning you will start to find it easier to focus whilst carrying out other tasks within your everyday life.
5. Reduces boredom eating
Something I have always struggled with, and I know I’m not alone here, is eating when I’m bored or sat in front on the TV in the evenings. I have started to colour in the evenings whilst watching TV and it really helps me to stop snacking when I’m not actually hungry. I also know the same technique works for people who are trying to give up smoking as it distracts their mind from the habit.
Colouring Book Recommendations
As I mentioned before, I have quite the collection of colouring books that I have built up over the years but I definitely have firm favourites that I return to over and over again. The two artists that I would recommend to anyone would be Johanna Basford and Millie Marotta. Their books are exceptionally good quality, with a whole range of designs to suit both beginners and experienced colourers.
My Top 3 colouring book titles are:
- World of Flowers – Johanna Basford
- Curious Creatures – Millie Marotta
- Enchanted Forest – Johanna Basford
Follow me on Instagram to keep up to date with my colouring projects – I always post my completed pages on there.