Health & wellbeing

Keep calm and colour: 8 designs to melt your stress away

Colouring isn't just for kids! Getting creative can help you battle boredom and stress eating, making it easier to stay on track with your healthy habits.

If you're seeking tranquillity amid the chaos of the outside world, try colouring. It's a great digital detox (how long have you spent looking at a screen today?) and can also help you maintain your healthy habits. 

Here's how colouring can keep you on the right side of your SmartPoints® Budget.

 

Bust boredom eating

 

When our routines get disrupted and our time isn’t structured the way it usually is, it can be extra challenging to maintain the healthy habits we’ve developed. You might find yourself wandering into the kitchen “just to see what’s there” or eating more frequently due to boredom. 

When an urge to snack strikes, pause, and wait for five minutes before deciding whether or not to eat. What should you do with that time? Anything! Colouring could be a great distraction. The key is to put some “distance” between that first urge to eat and your next move. When those five minutes are up, check in with yourself. Has the urge disappeared? Or are you actually hungry? 

 

Fend off stress

 

With scary headlines on a daily basis and our lives in lockdown until further notice, life may feel pretty stressful right now. When we're stressed, we're more likely to overeat1,2 and to eat foods that are higher in sugar and fat3. With this in mind, it's unsurprising that studies have shown weight gain can result from stress.3

Even when you can’t eliminate a stressful event from your life, you can control how you respond to it. When we respond to stress in unhelpful ways, like by emotionally eating, it can lead to even more stress because it interferes with our healthy habits and long-term goals. The next time you're stressed, take a moment to notice how you’re feeling. Then, find a new and helpful way to respond. This could be going for a walk, calling a friend or doing something creative, like writing or colouring.

Since it compels you to focus, be still and root yourself in the present moment, colouring is almost like a form of meditation. It gives our minds - which are being overloaded with new information at the moment - the opportunity to switch off and temporarily forget about what's happening in the outside world. 

 

Colouring templates

 

Click the links below to download and print your favourite colouring template (the images are just sneak previews).

Show off your work in Connect, or tag @ww.uk in your colourful Instagram posts!

Today is going to be awesome

Happiness is homemade

Flamingo

Toucan

Under the sea

Trees

Colour yourself happy

Pretty landscape


1. Greeno CG & Wing RR. Stress-induced eating. Psychological Bulletin, 1994; 115, 444–464.

2. Walls DJ & Hetherington MM. Stress and eating: the effects of ego-threat and cognitive demon on food intake in restrained and emotional eaters. Appetite. 2004; 43(1):39-46.

3. Moore, C. & Cunningham, S. Social position, psychological stress and obesity: A systematic review. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. 2012; 112(4), 518-526.