Good morning! I hope you are having a great week so far. If you’re week is not going so great then not to worry! Today I’m going to share with you my favourite hobby right now for relaxing and getting a bit of “me time”; mindfulness colouring. “Colouring for Grown Ups” burst onto the scene early last year and became the latest gift-giving craze. I would hazard a guess that the vast majority of these books are currently tucked up safely in a drawer or under a pile of papers somewhere. After all – who has time for colouring in alongside work, blogging, family, friends, exercise, hobbies, reading and everything else that we are trying to fit into our lives?!

If this is you I would urge you to dig out said book and start colouring in! Trust me. It’s such a good way to de-stress and unwind after the working day. I generally do a short burst of about fifteen minutes every day when I get in to help me to switch off my work head and get ready to enjoy my evening.  It’s also great because it doesn’t take much concentration and you can really let yourself get lost in it. I even find it takes less “brain power” than curling up with a book.

And the range of colouring books you can get on the market is insane! There are literally stacks of stunningly designs; my examples below are from the Under the Sea version but I’ve seen ones with Woodlands, Fairytale and Seasonal themes. For my designs I choose to keep them quite intricate and use a mixture of colouring pencil, fine liner pens and thin felt tips – but that’s the beauty of it; it’s yours so you can make it however you want. So get creative! I honestly believe that a bit of creativity every day is seriously good for us. Drawing isn’t for everyone but literally anyone can colour in (and you’re not in school anymore so you don’t even have to stay in the lines if you don’t want to!)

Here are some examples of my colouring. To see Waterstone’s range of colouring books for Grown Ups click here.

What’s your opinion of adult colouring? What’s your favourite activity for relaxing?

ASMR is something that I have only really discovered in the last few years, and it’s really helped me in lots of ways. It’s difficult to explain ASMR, and to people who haven’t heard of it it can come across and slightly.. Well.. Odd. But I’ll do my best to explain it.

It stands for Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response and it refers to a phenomenon is basically a feeling trigger by sound. It’s different for everyone hence it’s difficult to explain. Most people have certain ‘trigger sounds’; sounds that when they hear them makes them feel super relaxed, and some people get ‘tingles’ on their head. I don’t get these, I use ASMR for relaxation because it helps put me to sleep or become really chilled. The effects for me are comparable to doing some deep yoga relaxation, or having someone play with my hair. It makes me go Zzzzzzzz.

There are literally hundreds of ASMR artists on YouTube who make videos designed to trigger these feelings of relaxation. They use amazing microphones to make certain sounds like crinkling or tapping which sounds weird but trust me it’s soooooo relaxing. These are some of my favourites:

Whispers Red. A lovely lady from the UK who has a superrrrr relaxing voice and can literally send me to sleep in about 5 seconds. I really like her videos.

Gwen Gwiz. I have recently discovered this girl, I particularly love her makeup tutorials which she delivers in a certain way which are really hypnotising.

ASMR Angel. Amazing microphones and super relaxing sounds. She does all this present wrapping which sounds a bit mad but the crinkling paper sounds are the best.

If you ever struggle dropping off to sleep, need to wind down or just fancy watching something a bit more chilled than your average BBC drama before bed then try ASMR on YouTube! You might be like ‘Err what on earth is this, you weirdo’ but it’s actually virtually cured my insomnia. So it might be worth a shot for someone!