How does colouring help your mental health?

Did you know that as well as being a fun and creative activity, colouring is good for your mental health? There are some amazing mental health benefits to colouring. At Colouring Heaven, we believe that taking care of your mental health is incredibly important. Keep reading to find out all of the fantastic benefits colouring can have on your mental health, and how you can get the most out of it today.

Looking for colouring pages for mindful colouring? Take a look at our sister magazine, Mindful Mandalas.

Colouring increases mindfulness

Mindfulness is an amazing tool for your mental health, and taking the time to do something mindful is incredible for reducing stress and anxiety. Colouring provides an opportunity to get mindful as you draw your attention into the present moment and relax. It is a great activity for a restless mind as colouring actually lowers the activity of the amygdala, the fear centre of the brain. Have a read of our guide to mindful colouring to help increase mindfulness and take advantage of this relaxing infleunce!

Colouring page with pens.

Colouring improves focus

Colouring is also great for improving focus. When you colour, attention moves away from yourself and into the work you are creating. This feeling is almost meditative as you focus not on your thoughts but instead on the highlights, the shadows, the feeling of the pencil on the paper. This is all proven to actually relax your brain. Learn more about this focused flow.

Colouring boosts your self-esteem

Self-esteem and the ways in which we value and perceive ourselves can greatly affect our mental health. By trying to build up your self-esteem, you can start to feel better about yourself and in turn, improve your mental health. Colouring can be a great way to do this!

The satisfaction of finishing a piece of colouring you’ve been working on is amazing. Sharing your work with others and hearing their thoughts on it can be fantastic. Knowing that you are taking some time to do something entirely for yourself is incredible! Share your colouring with our wonderful colouring community by joining our Friends of Colouring Heaven Facebook group.


Two women show their colouring pages.

Tracy and Carol showing off their colouring.

Colouring can help you find sense of community

One of the biggest factors that contributes to mental health issues is loneliness and a feeling of isolation. Joining a community of people with similar interests and connecting with them can be amazing. Building up these strong relationships and having people to talk to about your emotions is a great reminder that you are not alone.

The colouring community is one of the friendliest and most supportive networks out there. Our Friends of Colouring Heaven Facebook group is a great place to start if you would like to join our welcoming community of colourists. If you want to take it one step further, find a colouring buddy to colour along with!

Colouring increases creativity

It turns out that having a creative outlet is wonderful for your mental health! Scientific studies have shown that the more we use our creativity, the more positive moods we will have. Entering into a state of creative flow where you are solely focused on a creative project is also amazing at slowing down our brain and reducing stress.

Colouring is a perfect way to use your creative brain, unwind and channel your emotions through art!

Ohuhu markers

Colouring is fun!

Finally, having an activity that is entirely recreational and fun is great for our mental health! Our daily lives are so busy and full of work that having a hobby is vital. Having fun is the most important thing when it comes to colouring! Your work doesn’t have to be perfect or look any particular way, colouring is all about the journey rather than the final product. Have some fun today!

Mental health colouring pages

We have lots of free colouring pages that you can use to colour for your mental health, plus check out our Beginner’s Guide to Colouring for 12 beginner-friendly colouring pages and lots of top tips and advice.

You may also like our new sister magazine, Mindful Mandalas. Each issue features 24 mandala colouring designs to help you relax and unwind. Find out more about Mindful Mandalas.

Mental health colouring pages

And of course, we have lots of beautiful issues of Colouring Heaven available to order – covering a wide range of styles, themes, artists and more. You’re sure to find something you like!

Top tips for colouring for your mental health

  • Don’t rush – take your time, and go at your own pace.
  • Learn some of the basics of colouring if you would like to, but don’t feel any pressure to create the next masterpiece. Colouring is most beneficial when its relaxing and stress-free.
  • Make colouring a self-care activity by putting on some music or TV and grabbing a favourite snack or drink or…
  • Invite some friends over for a mindful evening of colouring together!

These are just a few of the incredible benefits that colouring can have for your mental health. We’re passionate about the life-changing magic of colouring and the colouring community. What are you waiting for? Pick up a pencil and get started today!

Learn how to get started with colouring with our free Beginner’s Guide to Colouring, and have a look at our wonderful range of free colouring pages!

Looking for colouring pages for mindful colouring? Take a look at our sister magazine, Mindful Mandalas.

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