I tried to see if adult colouring books were as stress-free as people say

Adult colouring books have become a massive trend over the past year, but are they really as stress-free as people say?


We had our doubts, so we decided to put it to the test so you don’t have to. Here’s what went down…


As someone who has almost non-existent creative skills and can barely draw a straight line with a ruler, colouring is not a pastime that I’d be naturally drawn to, but I’m willing to give it a go.

After all, how hard can it be? (*distant evil laughter*)


One thing I couldn’t help notice when flicking through and picking my victim design, is how incredibly intricate they all are. This definitely is not the same level as kids’ colouring and I’m starting to worry I may be slightly out of my depth here.


After 40 minutes of colouring, this was all I managed to create and while it’s evidently not a masterpiece – the most important question is did it make me feel relaxed and stress-free? Unfortunately not.

I think desperately trying to stay within the lines so I don’t look like I have the colouring skills of a 5 year old probably stressed me out even more (and I still failed miserably if you look closely lol).


I’m sure adult colouring does have its calming properties for some people, but personally I think I would have enjoyed scribbling chaotically on a page more than trying to create something meticulously ‘perfect’.

Also I’m not really sure who has the time to sit around and whip out their colouring book and pencils on a regular basis, but whatever floats people’s boats and works for them. Ultimately, you do you.

Have you tried adult colouring books before? Let us know how you got on with a tweet to @maximumpop.

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Written by Nina John-Clement

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