Saturday, 17 February 2018

Mindfulness: Adult Colouring


I've been meaning to write this post for a while now as I first began indulging in colouring whilst I was pregnant last summer. It was a great way to get out of my own head and wind down during those stressful third trimester days when you feel like you're going to explode - mentally and physically! Though even now that I'm 7 and a half months post pregnancy, I still find myself reaching for my pencils when I've had a hard day. It's proven to be quite therapeutic, despite the agonising hand ache after an hour of solid colouring! And the best thing is, if you get a book that you can tear the pages out without ruining the picture, you can frame your coloured piece of art around the house and proudly show off your creative skills ;) 

Me being me, when I first discovered adult colouring books whilst mindlessly browsing through Amazon, I knew I had to get a Disney one. There were so many other every day options; from birds to scenery to plants and many more...but after a swift search for an option that was more suited to me, I came across this gorgeous Disney Animals book and have been addicted to it ever since. The pictures are incredibly detailed, with intricate designs within each character so it's definitely not child friendly, but if you have the patience and dedication, it is totally worth it, trust me.


I won't lie, it can feel like it's an endless endeavour sometimes when you pick a page that's full of tiny little decorations within a larger picture (kind of like the images of Beast & Ursula at the top of this post!) so if you're more into simple colouring that won't take you more than an hour or so, then this book probably isn't for you. It's definitely designed to last you a LONG time! On the other end of that though, once you finally complete a design, it feels like such a big accomplishment that it'll have you feeling like you don't waste your entire life colouring and you've actually just created something beautiful. The only downside I've found is that because of the type of book - it's a gorgeous hardcover edition - you can't take out the pages to display your artwork which is a huge shame as I would have loved to frame some, even the uncoloured pages as some of them are simply stunning.

I've got quite a few other adult colouring books in my collection so I can pick and choose what I'm in the mood to colour which I've found handy over the months of being a mum as I don't have quite as much spare time to dedicate to my Disney one anymore, booo. However, this one will forever be my favourite as it has almost every disney animal included from Bambi to Timon and Pumba to Mushu to The White Rabbit, you name it, it'll be there. Perfect for any Disney fan out there! ♥ 

The actual point of this post, believe it or not, was not so much to preach about how amazing my Disney book is, but more to state how much colouring has helped me these last few months. Life is hard sometimes and we all need some way to escape our troubles and adult colouring has definitely been one of my ways. Having your brain shut out all thoughts other than what you're colouring gives you that much needed break from yourself and is a much healthier option than browsing through social media to distract yourself. I highly recommend it to anyone and everyone. There are a million and one different types of colouring books so you're bound to find one based on a topic you like so why not give it a go? What's the worst that could happen? 

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  1. For Christmas, I gave everyone in my famiky a page to color & I'm going to frame them and hang them :)

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    1. That's such a cute idea, love that! :)

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  2. I love colouring in the regular colouring in books with the kids I find that therapeutic but haven’t tried an adult one before. I love the Disney book so cute ❤️ I can def see the appeal of adult colouring and when I have a bit more time on my hands I will be sure to give it a go. Great post thanks for sharing 😃

    Melanie | www.frasersfunhouse.com

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    1. It's a lot more intense than regular colouring books since there's so much more detail than usual, but it's so worth it, you can get some stunning books! ♥

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  3. I want to start doing this! Maybe for my birthday.

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  4. I love coloring and love that this has become a thing! I have like 3 different adult coloring books and one of my favorite dates of all time with my hubby was ordering pizza in, watching a Disney movie and coloring!!! So much fun! It is a great distresser!

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    1. Aww that's so lovely, sounds like the perfect night in ♡ Wish my man had the patience to colour with me!

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