I saw these colouring books a while back and I thought to myself what was this adult colouring all about.

In 2015 colouring for adults was all the rage– so much so that the UK suffered a shortage of colouring pencils because of our new favourite hobby.

Colouring in was to be a great mindfulness tool to help you pause life and enjoy the moment.

Researchers from the University of Otago in New Zealand have now found that daily colouring can actually help reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression.

So it’s not just a way for us all to waste time – it offers genuine benefits.

The study, published in the Creativity Research Journal, involved a group of 115 women aged 18 to 36 taking part in either daily colouring in or daily logic puzzles for a week.

All women were asked to complete an survey of psychological measures

  • Depressive Symptoms
  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Mindfulness
  • Resilience

Both at the start and end of the week.

Those who took part in colouring in ‘showed significantly lower levels of depressive symptoms and anxiety after the activity.

But, both groups did show an increase in mindfulness.

Why not print out the picture below and a have a go for yourself?

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