The resources on this page may be useful in helping you understand and better cope with any issues or feelings you're dealing with. Here you will find self-help guides, tools and activities that can help improve your mental health and wellbeing.
Colouring for Relaxation
Colouring for relaxation and mindfulness allows us to bring our awareness to the present moment. This process is similar to meditation - we let go of any thoughts about tomorrow or yesterday, and our focus remains purely on choosing colours and how we apply those colours to a design.
If we catch ourselves thinking about the past or the future, we can gently bring our awareness back to what we are doing in the present moment by describing what we are doing.
“I am picking up a red pen and will use it on all of the hearts in the picture.”
Mindful colouring has been shown to:
- Reduce anxiety and stress
- Improve sleep
- Improve focus
- Improve vision and motor skills
Using positive statements can help us develop a new attitude to ourselves and our situations.
Choose an affirmation from the list below (or make your own!) and repeat this affirmation to yourself throughout the day. Repeating this statement every day can go a long way to creating positive thoughts about yourself. You might want to make or print out a card with your affirmation, and carry it with you. For the positive affirmations to work, you must use it whenever you notice you have that negative thought – immediately turn it around by using your affirmation.
In times of crisis and increased stress, it is very common for people to become low in mood. Even when you feel like things are tough, there is still a lot you can do to feel better about your current situation and the future. These self-help and information worksheets will help you to focus on maintaining good mental health.