Colouring books have been around for decades, but they have made a comeback in recent years. The colouring process is a form of meditation that can help us focus on the present moment. It also helps reduce stress by releasing endorphins and other hormones associated with relaxation.
Pictured above are thankubody's collection of colouring books; what I love most about them is that each one comes with a message. Think of these for your next gift idea or maybe one for yourself.
1) Smile File: A Place to Store Happy Memories
by Kim Rounsefell
I created the Smile File as a support tool for when you're battling self-doubt, imposter syndrome, and all those challenging thoughts that can hold you back from taking that next step forward— something I've struggled with for years. The idea behind a Smile File is whenever you get a lovely message from a friend or someone at work about how wonderful you are, write it in the Smile File. Any uplifting song lyrics that motivate you—jot those in the Smile File. As you fill in the pages, with uplifting notes, thoughts, quotes, and colours, it will become an incredible tool you can look back on in moments of doubt. That's the most important part. More >
2) Queer Animals
by Otter Lieffe, and Anja Van Geert
In Queer Animals, Otter explores queerness among our non-human friends. Did you know that animals are just as diverse as we in terms of gender identities and sexuality—it's fascinating! Dive deeper into the characteristics and behaviours of our incredible wildlife while adding colour to Anja's beautiful illustrations. This colouring book aims to help us feel liberated in expressing our true selves. More >
3) Girls are not Chicks
by Jacinta Bunnell and Julie Novak
Girls are not Chicks is a feminist colouring book that takes gender stereotypes—those fairytales we grew up with—and pairs them with empowering quotes and phrases like.
"This time, she had some power tools, a pair of scissors, a roll of duck tape, a Tina Turner album and a buss pass."
The colouring book is a collaboration between Jacinta Bunnell and Julie Novak. Awesome Empowering Stuff. More >
"Stand Up, Speak Out, Be Unruly"
4) Harmony, Mandala Colouring Zine
The Mandala represents the universe and wholeness, and it is a symbol of strength, enlightenment, unity, and harmony. This colouring book encourages reflection and a sense of calm as you explore and colour patterns with tips to draw your mandalas at the back. More >