28 October 2014

Colouring away anxiety

A picture of Secret Garden: An Inky Treasure Hunt and Colouring Book and The Tattoo Colouring Book



A picture of the Secret Garden: An Inky Treasure Hunt and Colouring Book

A picture of the Secret Garden: An Inky Treasure Hunt and Colouring Book

A picture of The Tattoo Colouring Book

A picture of The Tattoo Colouring Book
If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter, it'll be no surprise that I have a new addiction and I don't see it calming down any time soon... That's right, colouring books! I know, I know. I'm 26 years old, why am I spending my time colouring in colouring books? Because it's fun, that's why! As well as being pretty darn therapeutic. Concentrating on a picture, on staying between the lines (still difficult as an adult), it can be the perfect way to de-stress and unwind, and I just find the whole process really relaxing and soothing. When I'm feeling particularly anxious, I find disappearing into a colouring book can really help reduce my anxiety - it gives me something else to properly concentrate on and always works to help calm things down.

I picked up my first colouring book, The Tattoo Colouring Book (£7.96) back in June when my partner and I were in London for a short break-away. As soon as I spotted it, I knew I had to have it! Full of both detailed and not-so-detailed tattoo inspired pictures, you can colour away for hours, and even get a little creative on some of the pages which leave room for your own input. There's tons more varities of tattoo inspired colouring books, too, and some with specific themes, see here.

I recently added a second colouring book to my stash (living the wild life here!), which I have been using a lot more often on an almost everyday basis. Secret Garden: An Inky Treasure Hunt and Colouring Book (£6.97) is absolutely perfect for disappearing into, and it's become quite the daily addiction! There's a lot more detail to this one than the tattoo one, and every page is filled with gorgeous floral and garden designs!

Who says you need to be a kid to have fun colouring in?! 

There's a huge selection of adult colouring books available on www.amazon.co.uk.

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14 comments

  1. I very nearly bought the Secret Garden one yesterday but as I have a serious book addiction I had to be strong and only buy the books I needed (book clubs et al). I did get the new Neil Gaiman book though and the illustrations are beautiful if you just want to admire the artwork.

    Writer’s block and broken lenses

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  2. wow I never thought of doing something like this to ease stress and anxiety! I love reading your blog, and finding things like this out, thanks so much for sharing...I have something new to buy on my shopping trip today lol :) xx

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  3. I stopped in because the name of your blog caught my attention. This is a great way to take your mind of stress and help ease anxiety. Plus, I am a fan of ink so things tattoo related are fun for me.

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  4. I loved colouring as a child and I really miss it today. :( I may pick one up if I see them :) x
    lipstickandlightening.blogspot.ie

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  5. The best way to beat anxiety is distraction, and this looks great. Defiantly need to have a look at this.

    Annabel ♥
    Mascara & Maltesers

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  6. I purchased one called The Creative Colouring Book for Grown Ups a while ago and I've really enjoyed colouring it in. After reading this post I also purchased the Secret Garden one and I'll probably be buying the Tattoo Colouring Book for my best friend's birthday.

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  7. I love colouring and this books look perfect! Think I may have to get one!

    Emily x // EmGrace

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  8. I love colouring in and recently bought one from The Works, which is fab. I find it really relaxes me and calms me down. Going to definitely look into trying to find The Secret Garden one.

    zoea2812.blogspot.com

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  9. I saw your tweet about this post yesterday, and after reading, I headed to straight to Amazon and bought two colouring books. Thanks so much for suggesting an alternative method of calming down and dealing with anxiety. I can't wait for my books to arrive!

    Great post, and I love your blog by the way :)

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  10. I love books like this! I recently bought a 'wreck this Journal' and ive had so much fun filling it in. You are completely right, it is amazing for stress and anxiety, I find it so relaxing. I think I am definitely going to be making a purchase of the tattoo colouring book next!

    Gemma xx

    http://lipsticksandlashes.blogspot.co.uk/

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  11. This is such a great idea to relax. I personally love doing jigsaws, when I was a child I would sit and do 1000 piece jigsaws for hours on end because it completely chilled me out!

    Megan xo
    Thumbelina Lillie | UK Beauty & Fashion Blog

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  12. We do lots of colouring in art groups at work and with people who need some urgent distraction. SO SO calming and strangely addictive! I love the really intense optical illusion type stuff.


    hannah bee | australian lifestyle blog
    xo

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  13. I think it was after I saw you mention colouring on Twitter that I decided I wanted a colouring book. My first one was a £2 one from my local Tiger store, which is actually pretty good for such a reasonable price, and then my boyfriend bought me an art deco/vintage patterns type one which I believe he got from Waterstones and was about a tenner x

    Becky @ The Little Blog of Beauty

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  14. I've never outgrown coloring. It's too much fun. Recently I bought some fun metallic watercolor paints and will use those instead of crayons too. So relaxing. It's nice to know I'm not the only one. :)

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