Tuesday, 14 July 2015

What are Adult Colouring Books & Do They Help?!


The day of thinking a colouring book is just for kids is well and truly over. After seeing pictures on social media for months of these Adult Colouring books, I decided to ditch the typical colouring in with Lillibug and go get myself an "Adult Colouring Book". Art is known for it's therapeutic properties and these books are aimed at trying to meditate with our creativeness. 


I chose to get the crayola colouring pencils because I like the softness that pencils bring to art, but I've seen some fabulous pictures done by other with markers, paints, sketch pencils, the list goes on.


As someone who suffers from insomnia and I also find it hard to relax and unwind, I thought this might be something that was worth trying. I surprisingly have gotten on so well with it. I take some time out a couple of night a week, this could be like twenty minutes or an odd hour if I can catch it. It makes me go into my own little world, and I also noticed I'm sleeping better on the nights that I do it. I switch off from everything, that includes the telly, the computer, the phone and that can really make all the difference. I also have fibromyalgia and even though my hands can hurt during it, especially if I do it for too long, the tranquility I get from colouring outweighs the pain in my hand. 


I've never been the most artistic, I even chose Music over Art in school, but it's not about if you are artistic, it's about going into your own world and taking time out for yourself.

It's also been fun in the afternoons when myself and Lillibug get the pencils in the middle of the table and have colouring book each, she is watching me and has started to try and draw inside the lines so intently now!

Would this be something you have or would try out? Let me know.

14 comments:

  1. I've always loved colouring, I didn't even know this was a thing until about a month ago! I think sometimes as adults it's nice to do something that we found relaxing and creative as kids, who doesn't love colouring? x

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    1. I didn't know either but I'm so glad I picked up a colouring book in the end, it's really relaxing and fun x

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  2. I love my colouring book I really need to dedicate more time to it xx

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    1. So funny all us adults talking about our colouring books now, but they really are a great form of relaxing xx

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  3. Oh I love it! I need to get one of those, it's a great way of relaxing and it's fun too!!!

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    1. It's great fun especially when myself and Lillibug are comparing our art work lol x

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  4. Colouring, sketching, drawing and painting have always been my outlet growing up! With such a busy life now its hard to do any of these things and I have to say I really miss it! Im going yo try and find the hour each week do at least one! Great post! Also where did you get the adult colouring book? 😊 xx

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    1. Thank you Lisa! I got the book in my local Book Centre and they have them on their website too xx

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  5. I totally keep meaning to get one of these! will deffo get one next week i think

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    1. Oh you should Faye you will love it!

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  6. Oh I've been looking at these. I don't seem to be 'switching off' these days at all, it's all go go go, I actually picked up one for Caoimhe last week in the hope that she could get a break from her 3 year old, very demanding, bestie!!

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    1. I find it hard too but the colouring is great. I love that Lillibug works away on hers right along beside me and we chat away, then at night I get it back out for some downtime x

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