How Colouring Helps My Anxiety...

January 7, 2016

This year I've decided to broaden my horizons and, with the success of my post about My Mental Health Story, I have decided to blog a lot more about personal things for example, my struggle with anxiety. However, I want to keep my blog a positive, happy place hence I will be posting how I LIVE with anxiety and not how I 'struggle'. 

Since I was a young girl I've always loved colouring. I wouldn't consider myself artistic (you should see my drawings) so colouring is the simplest way for me to get in touch with my creative side. Many people claim that colouring boosts your mood and helps ease worry and anxiety, and at first I was skeptical. For someone who has been struggling with anxiety for a number of years, who has been through many therapists and has tried TWO types of anti-depressants, something as simple as colouring just didn't seem credible. 

After barely any hesitation, I decided I would buy my first colouring book as a (semi-functional) adult. Who cares if it didn't ease my anxiety? Colouring is fun anyway. I couldn't wait to get my hands on my new past time!

So can I confirm that colouring helps anxiety? Well for me, it certainly works wonders! Every evening I sit with my dog, Chester on my lap and colour to my little heart's content. How does something so innocent calm me so much? Well that's just it - it brings me back to childhood

Remember when you were young and the only worry you had was what teddy you would sleep beside that night? Colouring helps bring me back to that juvenile mindset. The only worry I have is what colour to use next. It's wonderful. It allows me to escape the scariness of adulthood even if it's just for fifteen mere minutes in the evening. 

As well as that, it allows me to have some control over my life. For people who live with anxiety, or similar mental illnesses, something we can struggle with is the feeling of losing control of our lives and our surroundings. As simple as it seems, colouring allows me to obtain control in a small aspect of my life. I have the ability to stay within the lines of my picture, but if I want, I can scribble all over the page. I can choose my own colours, and change it half-way through the picture. I can leave a picture unfinished, or fill the entire page with colour. This allows me to feel in control, and there's nothing I love more than that.

I hope you enjoyed this little post. Have you ever tried colouring?

The first colouring book photographed is from Tiger and the other 'Summer Patterns' is from Poland but a similar one can be found here.
Here are some more colouring books Tiger has to offer: