Colouring: Worth the hype?

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).

Here’s my latest experiment: Colouring!

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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.

18 comments so far.
  • I love adult colouring books! I find them so relaxing, and addictive too! xx

    Gemma β™₯ | Miss Makeup Magpie

    • Yes – Glad people feel the same way πŸ™‚ xx

  • everyone seems to love these, the fact that it’s harry potter makes me want to get one!

    • Well obviously… It’s Harry Potter! πŸ˜‰
      E x

  • Cat

    I swear we are the same person. I got into colouring (although haven’t done much lately!) due to being quite anxious and stressed (also to the point of literally pulling my hair out – trich is a bitch). I got the hp colouring book for Christmas and am yet to give it a go but am excited to try! I have been on the hunt for decent pens (because colouring with that much detail with pencil is agony), and the ones you’ve got look pretty darn good! x

    • I know right lol. I’ve been noticing a very similar pattern between us lol…
      Yeah they’re really good, generally Faber are fab for stuff like this so give them a look πŸ™‚ x

  • Carolanne K Minter

    I’ve got a few colouring books but I’ve barely used them. I don’t seem to find any time to sit down and colour! The Harry Potter book looks cool though.

    Carolanne | x

    • Awwww! You should do it on your commute πŸ˜‰ x

  • Adaleta Avdic

    Everyone seems to be talking about these coloring books! xx

    • I know right. Thought I should probably do a post on it lol! X

  • andrea jalčÑkovΓ‘

    Nice post πŸ™‚

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  • Corinne C

    I’m the same in that I struggle doing just watching TV or something and have the need to be productive al the time!

    Corinne x

  • I’ve started coloring this year too! I have the Enchanted Forest adult coloring book and I love it so much. It’s so nice to wind down with, especially with school getting hectic.


    • Definitely Mimi πŸ™‚ That one looks super pretty as well – Might pick that one up πŸ˜‰ Good luck with school! Ex

  • I absolutely love colouring – it’s a simple and relatively inexpensive way to relieve stress, and by the end, you’re rewarded with a beautiful picture!

    I have a post mentioning my most favourite colouring books if you’re wanting to really get stuck-in:

    • YES! I’ll have a look thank you for sharing πŸ™‚ x

  • KGR

    So worth the hype. I am obsessed with colouring books! I’ve recently started on the enchanted forest by Joanna basford

    • Yes that one looks lovely! They’re so easily collectable lol! x


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.