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4 Calming and Soothing Benefits of Colouring


After seeing beautiful examples of adult colouring book pages from your friends’ Instagram accounts and reading about this growing trend, curiosity finally got the better of you, and you purchased your first adult colouring book. Adult colouring books are not only fun, but they also offer unique emotional and mental benefits. Here are just a few of the calming benefits you are about to experience as you begin your colouring journey:

Colouring Books Soothe Your Mind and Spirit

There is something about sitting down to colour that is deeply soothing and calming, especially after a long and hectic day. As you focus on choosing your colours and filling in intricate shapes, you will probably find that the stresses of your day begin to melt away, and you connect with an inner feeling of true bliss.

You may even begin craving this feeling so much that you bring your new colouring books with you when you’re on the go. Even a few minutes spent colouring during your lunch break can ease your mind and make that big presentation you have coming up seem much less scary. Adult colouring books can be brought anywhere you go, so you can always tap into this experience of being soothed.

Colouring Books Don’t Have a Stressful Learning Curve

Colouring is a no-stress hobby that anyone can enjoy, without a challenging learning curve. Unlike other creative and relaxing pursuits, with adult colouring you will immediately gain enjoyment and relaxation benefits without needing to learn a new skill or pay for expensive classes. If you want to create something beautiful and spend some of your free time practicing self-care without a steep learning curve or stress, adult colouring books are the perfect solution.

Colouring Books are a Natural Treatment for Anxiety

Adult colouring books can also be a natural, side effect-free way to treat anxiety that complements other forms of treatment like therapy or anti-anxiety medication. The repetitive and meditative nature of colouring can act as a relaxant for many people, calming your racing thoughts and bringing you a sense of peace.

By distracting your brain from your anxious thoughts with colouring, you can prevent those thoughts from spiraling out of control. Colouring books are especially effective at treating symptoms of anxiety when combined with other natural remedies and alternative medicine, such as acupuncture and meditation.

Colouring Books are Fully Immersive Experiences

Play your favourite soothing music in the background, light a few candles, and sit down to colour. Soon, you will be fully immersed in the rhythm of colouring and the beauty of your new creation. Being fully immersed in a pleasant experience without the need to constantly check electronic gadgets or do things for others feels indulgent in the best possible way.

When is the last time you truly immersed yourself in one activity instead of spreading yourself too thin by multi-tasking? By putting yourself first for an hour or so and immersing yourself in colouring as a form of self-care, you are telling yourself that you are valuable and worth it. Immerse yourself in colouring, connect with your inner bliss and feel your true self start to emerge from under piles of responsibility and stress.

At Calm Waters, our adult colouring books not only feature gorgeous designs, but they are also made from the highest quality paper and feature unique coil binding. This coil binding allows for much easier colouring since there’s no stress-inducing spine in the way, and it also lets you easily remove your completed pieces for framing and display. Check out our growing collection of soothing adult colouring books on our website.


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