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9 best colouring books for adults to encourage creativity and relaxation

Art therapy is what we need right now!

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Abigail Malbon
Abigail MalbonLifestyle Writer
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If you've been left feeling overwhelmed after lockdown and are looking for a way of relieving the stress and monotony of the past few months, a colouring book could be the answer. You may have thought it's strictly an activity for children, but art therapy can be extremely calming for adults, too. Multiple studies have looked into the benefits of colouring, and it has been proven to help combat stress and anxiety - making it the perfect activity for tired and overworked brains that just need to switch off for a while. Tempted? Here’s what we’re getting stuck into…

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Best colouring books for adults

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Chances are you've felt the coronavirus blues at one point or another, and this colouring book will both distract and boost your mental health, with positive affirmations and inspirational quotes. 

Live Your Dreams colouring book, £4.99, Amazon

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Royal fans will love this royal adult colouring book - perfect for relaxation and mindfulness.

Royal colouring book, £8.47, Amazon


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This sweet book features drawings paired with positive words, which are designed to celebrate the power and beauty of the natural world around us.

Dream Catcher: life on earth, £4.99, Amazon


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This classic book is a bestseller. With 112 pages of soothing swirly designs to colour in however you wish, take some time out to use this as your daily mindfulness practice.

The Mindfulness colouring book, £6.33, Amazon


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This gorgeous book is just screaming out for lots of colour. Not just relaxing, it's so satisfying you’ll be tempted to frame the finished result.

Indian summer colouring book, £3.95, Amazon


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Harry Potter fans are bound to love this magical colouring book, which has pages featuring all the characters from the books and films, plus some of the most memorable scenes.

Harry Potter colouring book, £5.89, Amazon

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Fashion fans need this Vogue colouring book in their lives. The pages are inspired by iconic images from the magazine in the 1950s. So chic!

Vogue colouring book, £10, Waterstones


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Feeling angry? Take it out on the pages of the bestselling Wreck This Journal, which was made for "those who've always wanted to draw outside the lines but were afraid to do it." Very satisfying. 

Wreck this journal, £6.99, Amazon

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From Paris to Rome to New York, colour in your favourite city landscapes from around the world with this gorgeous adult colouring book.

City colouring book, £5.99, Amazon


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