It’s 2016 and here I am reviewing the benefits of colouring, the newest mindfulness craze. I have to admit, I was quite skeptical of colouring books when they suddenly made a comeback in 2015. But now, I am a convert. When Izzy first wrote about them, I was intrigued. So here it is, my honest to god ‘tried and tested’ review of my Harry Potter colouring book.
I am quite an anxious person by nature. I get worried about things coming up, things that have happened, things that will never happen… You get the drill. But colouring was something I’ve been genuinely interested in trying out. I love blog posts about mindfulness, simple things you can do to brighten your day and just general wellbeing posts (whether fitness of mental health related).
One thing I found colouring really helped with was relaxing. I struggle to just sit down and watch shows on Netflix for a couple of hours, because I’m just so anxious. I feel as if I should be doing something productive all the time and now I am unemployed, the waiting game is real. I colour usually watching shows, it gives me something to concentrate on as well as just mindlessly binging a show for a few hours. I am just a really focused person. I like to have something to concentrate on, otherwise I either pull my hair out (literally) or I bite my nails, neither great habits to be honest.
When I first bought my colouring book, I couldn’t help but think ‘god these are really detailed‘ and I did wonder whether I would just get infuriated trying to colour in so much detail. But surprisingly, I didn’t. I found it relaxing to just concentrate fiercely on it, allowing my mind to stop worrying.
If you are someone that has to constantly be busy and struggles to relax, I think colouring can be a fun way to just chill the f*** out. Doing things that require just a little bit of concentration really helps with my anxiety for the short term. Plus, this colouring book is a Harry Potter version, which obviously makes everything better.
I’m Eleanor, a UK Manchester based Lifestyle & Beauty Blogger. I write about beauty products, feminism, mental health and my adventures in the big city of MCR.