My name is Lucy, I’m 27 years old and I have a severe anxiety disorder that has left me virtually housebound and unable to work for over 4 years. Unfortunately, my condition is proving difficult to treat. However, I’ve found that focusing on creative activities keeps me calm and relieves my anxiety – adult colouring books are playing a huge part in this. I also used them regularly with my patients when I was working as a nursing assistant in a psychiatric inpatient unit and they proved incredibly popular.
In the UK, one in four people will experience a mental health problem each year – a huge group of people who could feel the benefits of creative activities on relieving symptoms of mental illness. As someone who not only suffers from mental illness but has also worked with psychiatric inpatients, I am in a unique position to review these books for this target group and post about them on this blog. Being housebound means that I cannot visit bookshops, so being sent review copies enables me to assess aspects including the paper quality, positivity of images, and level of concentration required, giving an accurate review for my mentally ill readers.
If you’re new to adult colouring, the best place to start is here.
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