I discovered adult colouring books last year which as usual was a bit late to the craze that was flooding everywhere. Since I was gifted my first adult colouring book which of course happened to be Disney themed, the Disney Princess Adult Art Therapy Colouring book, I was hooked, and realised I had found a great way to destress through colouring. From there I was on the lookout for the perfect pencils or pens to colour in with.
When I’m stressed the best way for me to destress is to be able to take my mind off what is bothering me. TV only works at certain times, but I can find myself drifting back to the problems at hand. The same can be said for books, but I have learnt that when I start to colour, especially if the designs are quite intricate then I am concentrating without even realising it and it helps to dissolve my worries for a while.
Colouring books are a bit like notebooks for me, in the way that I like a fresh new page. If I am going to choose a new colouring page, I have to be sure I am choosing the correct pencils or pens for the job, and that I have enough colour choices in my pencil or pen set to be able to complete the picture.
When choosing pencils, I like to have a set that are easily accessible in a tin, as I find getting pencils out of a packet annoying, and the whole point of colouring is to reduce stress. I also like to make sure they sharpen easily and have a good solid tip to them. A set I have been trialling are the BIC Conte. A very reasonable priced set presented in a very stylish tin.
The pencils themselves are made from splinter proof resin which means that when you sharpen them they won’t splinter which can create a jagged colouring motion. Instantly when using them, I can tell the quality is very good compared to other pencil brands I have used in the past, and I have been thinking they are a great choice for my colouring designs. They blend very well which means you can get a greater range of shades from a smaller selection of colours. Pressing harder will give the same coverage but in a darker shade than pressing lightly on the paper.
Colouring will allow your brain to switch off and rest, which in turn allows you to focus on the moment in hand and xanax which can be really good for distressing and brilliant for mental health.
Sometimes my mind is working at a rate of knots and I can’t achieve anything no matter how hard I try. This is definitely a time for me to take ten minutes out and start a colouring page. By slowing down you will actually achieve more in the long run. As there are so many different colouring book options out there, you will definitely find one to suit you. The next colouring book on my wishlist is the Disney Villains Colouring Book.
Have you tried colouring to destress?
Disclosure – we received pencils and colouring book free of charge but all opinions are our own
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