The last few months have been difficult for all of us. There is nothing like a global pandemic to trigger that anxiety! While we are no longer living in lockdown, a slow return to a different world has been equally challenging for many people. We have become desensitised to the hustle and bustle of our everyday lives, so even doing the weekly shop is a shock to the system.

How do you like to relax? Maybe your thing is to hit the gym, or a Friday night out with your friends is your favourite way to wind down before the weekend. For so many of us, our routes to relaxation have been limited by the pandemic, and this continues to be the case. Every Mind Matters is an NHS campaign, including tips to limit the mental impact of the pandemic. They recommend maintaining your hobbies wherever possible, and trying new things that you can enjoy from the comfort and safety of your own home.

The perfect pastime does exist: the mindful practice of colouring.

Not only is it something that you can do anywhere and everywhere, but it is also scientifically proven to be beneficial for the mind. The detail in adult colouring books focus our minds on one thing, creating an almost unconscious meditative state. Colouring before bed is a great way to wind down at the end of the day, and you should experience better quality sleep after avoiding the negative impacts of blue light. While regular colouring is more effective, it is possible for one short colouring session to reduce levels of cortisol (the fight or flight hormone) in the body.

It could be bought as a treat for oneself, or someone that would really benefit from such a thoughtful (and mindful) gift. Either way, our beautiful Adult’s Colouring Book is a one-way ticket to relaxation. The luxurious cover can be embossed with the name of choice, and a personal message can be included on the first page. The personalisation extends to every page after that: the chosen name will be incorporated into each intricate pattern. When it comes to filling in the gaps, the high-quality paper means that any pencil or pen can be used without worrying about the pages staying crisp.

Available in both hardcover and softcover, standard A4 or travel-friendly A5. RRP £9.99.

We can’t forget how beneficial colouring is for children. Not only is it a soothing activity that will distract from whatever is worrying them – from school to lockdown, but it also a great way for them to develop their ability to concentrate and be patient. These days, it is very hard to drag them away from the screens, and they definitely need time away from all the blue light. when they see you doing some colouring, they will surely want to give it a go themselves. We have a number of personalised activity books to choose from, and a new launch that is extra special.

The Magical World of Mermaids has been transformed. It is now available in an exciting Colour Me In edition! Not only is this a magical story that will transport your little one under the sea, but it now involves activities and black and white pages so that they can use their favourite shades to colour in these beautiful mermaids. They can also colour in their name, which will appear on every page. Personalise this book further with a special message on the opening page, and their masterpiece will be complete with a photo that can be uploaded to the last page. Available in softcover only. RRP £14.99.

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