Colour yourself happy
It’s a trend that shows no sign of going away, and no wonder - colouring books for adults offer a perfect way to unwind when our lives seem to be so hectic. The therapeutic power of art in general is well documented and many great leaders have picked up a paintbrush to combat the stress of their everyday lives. But what about those of us for whom the sight of a blank canvas fills inspires dread, or who - if we’re honest - can’t paint for toffee?
Adult colouring books are so appealing because they provide a creative outlet without the creative pressure. They’re especially good for train journeys. You don’t need a table to use them, they don’t disturb other passengers and they never run out of batteries.
There’s a wide range of books on offer - some giving you the opportunity to recreate your favourite scenes from Harry Potter or skylines of major cities. But the best for mindfulness, in our opinion, are those offering repeating patterns, intricate abstract images and fantastical subjects. The Calm Colouring Book series is wildly popular. One of our favourites is Millie Marotta’s Tropical Wonderland in which you can turn pages of flora and creatures into riotously colourful pages. Just don’t forget to bring a pencil sharpener.