Five ways colouring can help you de-stress and achieve better grades

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Colouring isn’t just for kids! It’s a helpful way to de-stress and a great way to take a break from revision. Colouring for grown-ups is all the rage and experts have been shouting about the calming benefits for over a decade. By focusing on an activity like colouring, you can help prevent negative and unhelpful thoughts from entering your mind. It can also help reduce anxiety, help you concentrate and be more mindful!

Here's our top five reasons why we love colouring whilst doing exams.

1. Colouring reduces stress and anxiety

Colouring allows the fear centre of your brain - the amygdala - to relax, helping you to de-stress during challenging times. Colouring is a meditative, free-time activity you can schedule in your breaks from revision, making it perfect for retraining your brain to respond less harshly to stress and having a positive impact on revision.

2. Colouring is a great creative outlet

Let’s face it, even if you really enjoy your subjects, A Levels and BTECs are really hard and you are revising some pretty serious stuff at a very high level. Business, accounting, English - whatever it is can quickly become overwhelming. And while everyone has the potential to be creative, sometimes our imaginations are stifled by revision and responsibilities. When we use colouring books as therapy, we are helping to unlock our imaginations and have a more positive effect (than say, ahem, spending all your spare time on Instagram).

3. Colouring trains your brain to focus


Many psychologists have researched how colouring opens up the frontal lobe of the brain — the home of organizing and problem solving — and focuses the mind. Being able to live in the moment is a critical skill when revising and especially during timed exams, colouring can help to train your brain to focus.

Top Tip If possible, colour in a quite place to help you focus. You can even listen to your favourite chilled out music. Have some me time! You deserve it.

4. It helps you to be more mindful

Mindfulness simply means to be more present and calm. But this can be especially difficult in stressful times like revision. That’s why colouring is a great and accessible way to introduce yourself to the concept of mindfulness as it requires your mind to focus and be more positive in the present moment which is essential during exam periods. It’s also fun and engaging to help take your mind off revision during your breaks.

5. Colouring helps you to switch off

Just like meditation and mindfulness, colouring allows us to switch off our brains from other thoughts and focus only on the moment, helping to alleviate anxiety and stress. Taking your mind off the books and focusing on to something fun and creative can be a great break and help you re-charge to hit the books later on!

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