The idea behind relaxing colouring books is to reduce your stress so you feel relaxed and calm. But how can you tell which colouring books are for reducing stress and which are colouring for something else?
First off, check out the title. Stress reducing colouring books will have these words in their titles:
Next step, read the description on the back cover or the first page. If you’re looking on Amazon read the description.
Next, if you like the sound of the colouring book and the author, check out the designs. If you’re on Amazon use the “Look Inside” feature.
Relaxing colouring works in several ways:
- The movement of your hand in a side to side movement is almost hypnotic
- You focus only on what you’re colouring, letting go of everything else
- The peaceful colours you use
- Keeping pen/pencil to paper for at least five seconds
- Plenty of white space so you have room to colour or to “do your own thing”.
Now you know what you’re looking for, let me share three relaxing colouring books I think you’ll enjoy:
1 REALLY RELAXING COLOURING BOOK 9: GORGEOUS GEOMETRICS BY ELIZABETH JAMES
Gorgeous Geometrics contains my favourites. I love geometric designs. The book contains around 25 pages of full designs and three pages of different designs on tiles. The designs range from easy through to quite difficult. The paper is good quality and I didn’t manage to get any bleed through (I did try!). I usually put another piece of paper under the page I’m colouring to avoid bleed through.
The Really Relaxing Colouring Book 9: Gorgeous Geometrics is priced from £3.95 at Amazon.co.uk.
2 THE MINDFULNESS COLOURING BOOK: ANTI-STRESS ART THERAPY FOR BUSY PEOPLE BY EMMA FARRARONS
At last, a pocket-sized colouring book. Slip The Mindfulness Colouring Book and a handful of colouring pencils into your handbag or jacket pocket and you’ll have something to relax with on your coffee break.
The Mindfulness Colouring Book is the ideal travel companion. I took min and some colouring pencils on a recent train journey and got completely engrossed in colouring. I was so relaxed I could’ve tackled anything when I reached my station!
The Mindfulness Colouring Book is priced from £3.85 on Amazon.co.uk.
3 REALLY RELAXING COLOURING BOOK 1: PLAYING WITH PATTERNS.
Playing With Patterns contains around 30 designs, each on one side of good quality paper. No bleed through unless you try to saturate the page. Two or three pages have white space to give you room to colour while the other pages are filled with patterns.
Really Relaxing Colouring Book 1: Playing With Patterns is priced from £3.95 at Amazon.co.uk.
Share your favourite relaxing colouring books in the comments.