How does colouring improve your mental health?

Did you know that as well as being a fun and creative activity, colouring is good for your health? That’s right! 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 your colouring has and how you can get the most out of it today.

Increases mindfulness

Mindfulness is an amazing tool for your mental health and taking the time to do something mindfully 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. We have an entire guide on how to make your colouring experience more mindful that you can check out here.

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 focussed flow here.

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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 hard 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! The charity Mind go into more detail about self-esteem and how it affects us here.

A 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. The Friends of Colouring Heaven Facebook group is a great place to start if you would like to join our welcoming community of colourists.

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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 focussed 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! Check out this article that runs through the science behind the relationship between creativity and mental health here.

Recreational and 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!

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!

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