Adult colouring books that will help to occupy your mind and ease anxiety

They've been proven to have mental health benefits...
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  • We've all got our own ways of coping with anxiety and uncertainty.

    For some, it’s a long phone call with friends or family. For others, it’s a run outside in the sunshine. Or, it could be as simple as a relaxed afternoon in front of the television.

    But if you’ve not yet found your ideal outlet for de-stressing, it might be time to try adult colouring books.

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    Typically a childhood pasttime, colouring in for adults has gained huge traction over recent years, with many touting the wonderful mental health benefits it can bring.

    And it appears to be a proven fact. Psychology researchers at the University of Otago in New Zealand conducted a study on the effect of colouring books on our mental health. Testing 115 women, they found that those assigned a week of colouring in tasks reported feeling lower levels of depressive and anxiety symptoms, and feeling more mindful.

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    Given that there are now fewer outlets than ever before for relieving stress – with gyms, restaurants, bars and shopping centres shut – making use of an adult colouring book could be a low-cost, low-risk and fun way to relieve any anxiety you may be feeling. Because, let’s face it, it’s a pretty uncertain time at the moment.

    So which adult colouring books might be best for you?

    Adult colouring books that can help ease anxiety

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