The health benefits of adult colouring books

Colouring therapy which is the latest trend, is an age-old practice recommended by psychiatrists to help their patients deal with stress. Though colouring books are usually among top-selling stationery products, doctors and bookstore owners claim that in the last few years, they have become immensely popular among adults

The health benefits of adult colouring books

Many city psychiatrists recommend colouring book therapy to their patients to help them improve their mental health. Dr Parul Tank, Psychiatrist and Therapist, said, “Colouring book therapy helps mind to focus on one thing, and reduces its tendency to wander.”

Tank said these books give adults the liberty to express their feelings, without anyone judging them. While these books help children improve their concentration, they help adults to release any mental stress.

Explaining how colouring therapy works, Dr Heena Merchant, Assistant Professor at Department of Psychiatrists at KEM Hospital (Mumbai), said different colours correspond to different moods and behaviour. These books encourage patients to not be afraid of expressing their feelings freely using colours.

She added, “Colouring is extremely therapeutic. It has the potential to reduce anxiety, improve focus and concentration, and it also gives peace.”

Patients usually are not comfortable expressing these feelings verbally, informed Merchant. So, books like mandala (a spiritual and ritual symbol in Hinduism, representing the universe in a cosmic diagram) or mobile applications help people express their innermost feelings through drawing or colouring.

Dr Harish Shetty, Psychiatrists at LH Hiranandani Hospital, said, “Colour liberates the soul, gives self-awareness, increases self-esteem and sometimes, also helps in dealing with addiction. There are different colour patterns, which reveal moods of people, for example dark colours and light colours have different interpretations.”

How to Get Started: (Source CNN)

Want to fill in some pages? Keep in mind, if you’re dealing with significant mental or emotional issues, art therapy is going to be more effective than colouring solo. But for those who just need a hobby to help them chill out, these books could be the ticket.

According to, adults should skip the crayons and go straight for the coloured pencils (precision is everything when it comes to tuning in). And Crayola has a complete guide that shows how to take your tools up a notch by blending colours, shading and adding highlights and lowlights to your newfound masterpieces. Now get scribbling!


Despite the fact that colouring and art therapy isn’t quite the same thing, coloring does offer a slew of mental benefits. Colouring definitely has therapeutic potential to reduce anxiety, create focus or bring [about] more mindfulness, said Marygrace Berberian, a certified art therapist and the clinical assistant professor and program coordinator for the graduate art therapy program at NYU.

Just like meditation, colouring also allows us to switch off our brains from other thoughts and focus only on the moment, helping to alleviate free-floating anxiety. It can be particularly effective for people who aren’t comfortable with more creatively expressive forms of art, said Berberian.