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Anti-Stress Dot-To-Dot

If you read my previous post, you will know I have been feeling a little stressed lately. One of my stress reducing ideas was to have regular breaks from studying and go do something different. So that is exactly what I have done this week. I felt inspired after reading Rebecca’s Stress Buster Adult Colouring Book post and found myself this little Anti-Stress Dot-To-Dot book by Emily Wallis.

The fact it had a cat on the cover pretty much sold it to me.

Admittedly, I did wonder how this would make me feel relaxed. Just looking at all those tiny numbers was a little stressful at first.

Anyhow, I located the star (number 1) and got started. You have to concentrate so much, there is no time for thinking or worrying. So I can see how this a therapeutic activity.  I’m using a Staedtler pigment liner 0.1 which is perfect as the dots are quite close together.

The cool thing is, you have no idea what the picture is when you begin. It gradually becomes apparent the more you draw. It means you don’t want to put the pen down until you find out, so you stay focused right until the very end.

Ta-da! The finished drawing. I thought my fox needed a little colour to liven him up.

You can’t help but feel chilled when you colour in with felt tips.

I found these Crayola pens which turn out to be really good for shading.

Mr Fox in colour.

A tree (in progress)

The illustrations are so detailed and intricate. I think they look very impressive even if you decide not to colour them in.

Once you get into a rhythm of connecting the dots, time just disappears and you feel completely chilled out. It doesn’t have to be super neat either, as Emily says in the book, one missed dot won’t make a huge difference to the picture overall – so just have fun with it and feel the stress melt away.

Have you tried an anti-stress dot-to-dot before? Did you enjoy it? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

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94 Comments

  1. March 15, 2018 / 5:20 pm

    Wow Bexa this is such a cool colouring book with the dot to dots! It’s like reliving childhood. I can definitely see you’d need a lot of concentration for this. The fox looks so so pretty and I love the effect from the felt tips too – you can’t go wrong with crayola! Thank you for mentioning my blog post 😘💕 xx

    Rebecca | https://www.rebeccasreviews.com

    • Bexa
      Author
      March 16, 2018 / 6:28 am

      Thanks so much Rebecca! 💖 It really did remind me of my childhood again ☺️ although I think they were much easier back then he he 😄. Love your post – thanks for the inspiration! 💕😘 xx

  2. March 15, 2018 / 5:51 pm

    excellent–cats and foxes [!]…some of my freshmen [young women] ask to do this in Philosophy
    of History class…it helps them focus [and does]…great post:-)

    • Bexa
      Author
      March 16, 2018 / 6:29 am

      Thanks so much Michael! ☺️ I can see why they enjoy it, it’s really makes you concentrate and it’s fun too 😍 xx

  3. March 15, 2018 / 5:53 pm

    This is such a cool little book! I’ve never seen anything like this before! Love this idea, and the drawings look like they turn out great. Thanks for sharing this Bexa <3 xx
    Alys
    https://alysjournals.wordpress.com

    • Bexa
      Author
      March 16, 2018 / 6:31 am

      Thanks so much Alys! 💕 I had never heard of these before either but thought I’d give it a try ☺️. It’s lots of fun, so glad you liked the post 💕😘 xx

  4. Shaun
    March 15, 2018 / 8:49 pm

    Wow, your dot-to-dot book looks like a really fun and relaxing way to pass the time 😄. I love your fox picture, he looks great all coloured in ☺️. I imagine that is a really good stress busting exercise 👍. A very creative and positive post Bexa 😄😍💖😘 xxxx

    • Bexa
      Author
      March 16, 2018 / 6:33 am

      Thanks Shaun! 💖 It was very relaxing and calming. I really enjoyed the colouring in too ☺️. So glad you enjoyed the post 😍☺️😘💕 xxxx

  5. March 16, 2018 / 9:49 am

    This is such a good idea i really love it!xx

    • Bexa
      Author
      March 16, 2018 / 11:41 am

      Thanks so much Ellie! 💕😘 xx

  6. March 16, 2018 / 11:48 am

    Omg, that takes me back! I haven’t done a dot-to-dot in forever! That book looks so beautiful. Your fox looks great! I love my adult colouring books! Only problem is when I start I don’t want to stop and can end up doing it for hours, whilst watching tv or YouTube 🙈 great post lovely! Love your flat lays and the stars are so cute! Great post 💕💕xx

    • Bexa
      Author
      March 17, 2018 / 11:15 am

      Aw thanks so much Lauren! 💕 He he, yes I was exactly the same! Once I started I couldn’t put the pen down! It’s such a great way to relax ☺️ glad you liked the post 😘 xx

    • Bexa
      Author
      March 17, 2018 / 11:17 am

      Thanks so much! 💖 It’s very rewarding to colour it in after creating the picture 😍. Glad you enjoyed the post 😘 xx

  7. March 16, 2018 / 8:08 pm

    What a genius idea! Loved the Fox when you had just started colouring in, love how only some details were in colour! xx

    • Bexa
      Author
      March 17, 2018 / 11:18 am

      Thanks so much Hannah! 💖 I loved doing the colouring in, it’s so relaxing 😘 xx

  8. March 16, 2018 / 8:11 pm

    As a student who is under constant stress, I am always looking for new ways to de-stress. I have tried adult colouring books and now I think I am going to need to give dot to dot a go too!

    • Bexa
      Author
      March 17, 2018 / 11:19 am

      It’s such a great way to chill out and unwind after studying ☺️. Thank you so much for the lovely comment 💕😘 xx

  9. March 16, 2018 / 8:13 pm

    I never thought of dot-to-dots as being theraputic but how you’ve described it it does make sense. I love using colouring books for de-stressing so this sounds right up my street. Thanks for sharing Bexa.

    Emma x
    emmarollason.com

    • Bexa
      Author
      March 17, 2018 / 11:20 am

      It’s such a great thing to try if you enjoy colouring books too! It’s really relaxing 😍. Thanks so much for the lovely comment Emma 😘 xx

  10. March 16, 2018 / 8:13 pm

    I think I might need to invest in this- I’ve not done a dot to dot since I was about 5! 😂 I have an adult colouring book but I always end up just reading or going on my Xbox when I need some stress relief 🙈💕 xx

    Jade | jademarie.co.uk

    • Bexa
      Author
      March 17, 2018 / 11:21 am

      It’s quite a nice option if you wanna do something a bit different 😍. I found it really relaxing. Thank you so much for your lovely comment Jade 😘 xx

  11. March 16, 2018 / 8:23 pm

    Reviving our childhood much! I loved dot to dot as a child but never really considered it as an adult and same goes for colouring. Think it’s time to go shopping!

    Soffy // themumaffairs.blogspot.com

    • Bexa
      Author
      March 17, 2018 / 11:22 am

      It’s a new thing for me too! I really am enjoying it and find it very relaxing ☺️. Thank you so much for your lovely comment Soffy 😘 xx

  12. March 16, 2018 / 8:25 pm

    I love this! Such a good idea.

    • Bexa
      Author
      March 17, 2018 / 11:22 am

      Thanks Alexis! 💕 xx

  13. March 16, 2018 / 8:36 pm

    Great post, this looks so fun! I love any colouring or activity style book usually so I might have to buy this haha

    • Bexa
      Author
      March 17, 2018 / 11:23 am

      Thanks Hanna! 💕 It’s definitely worth investing in when you are looking for ways to relax 😘 xx

  14. March 16, 2018 / 8:44 pm

    This is adorable! I own a few adult colouring books but I didn’t know these existed. I agree the teeny numbers would probably stress me out a bit too at first but I absolutely love the outcome! I’d love to get myself one of these 🙂
    Alice Xx

    • Bexa
      Author
      March 17, 2018 / 11:24 am

      Thanks Alice! 💖 I never knew about these either but really enjoyed it once I got started ☺️. So glad you enjoyed the post 😘 xx

  15. March 16, 2018 / 8:48 pm

    This is interesting. I never thought of doing dot-to-dot to relive stress. Definitely gonna to consider using this

    • Bexa
      Author
      March 17, 2018 / 11:26 am

      Thanks Rachael! 💖 It’s definitely an option worth considering when you are feeling stressed 💕😘 xx

  16. March 16, 2018 / 8:55 pm

    I really need things like this to keep me calm! I have a Harry Potter colouring book that I love!

    • Bexa
      Author
      March 17, 2018 / 11:28 am

      Thank you Chloe! 💖 It’s such a good way to feel calm 😘 xx

  17. March 16, 2018 / 8:56 pm

    What a fab idea! I’d love to try this and my husband suffers really badly with stress and I think he’d love doing something like this. X

    • Bexa
      Author
      March 17, 2018 / 11:31 am

      Thanks Natasha 💕 It’s definitely a good way to relax and chill out 😘 xx

  18. March 16, 2018 / 9:28 pm

    This has made me want to do a dot-to-dot so much!! Finding different ways to help feeling stressed is so good!xx

    • Bexa
      Author
      March 17, 2018 / 11:32 am

      Thanks Lorna! 💖 it’s good to have different options to relax and chill out 😘 xx

  19. March 16, 2018 / 9:40 pm

    I’ve seen a lot of adult colouring books but haven’t ever seen this! What a great idea! I thought the same as you when looking at it before you started, it looked pretty stressful but I’m glad you enjoyed it and the end results are gorgeous!- https://sophiehearts.net x

    • Bexa
      Author
      March 17, 2018 / 11:33 am

      Thank you so much for your lovely comment Sophie! 💖 It is such a good way to relax and feel creative too 😘 xx

  20. March 16, 2018 / 10:18 pm

    Haven’t seen such an intricate dot to dot book but imagine it would completely focus your mind allowing you to forget any stresses. Love the how you have coloured the fox in too 😃 thanks for sharing !

    Melanie | http://www.frasersfunhouse.com

    • Bexa
      Author
      March 17, 2018 / 11:35 am

      Thanks so much Melanie! 💖 It’s definitely very relaxing when you get into the flow. Glad you enjoyed the post 😘 xx

  21. March 16, 2018 / 11:11 pm

    This is great. I’ve done the adult coloring books but not with dot to dot first. It is very relaxing. Thanks for tip. Rachel from http://www.explorekidtalk.com

    • Bexa
      Author
      March 17, 2018 / 11:40 am

      Thanks Rachel 💖 So glad you enjoyed the post 😘 xx

  22. March 17, 2018 / 5:54 am

    Love how you found stress relief through connecting the dots! It’s pretty cool that you don’t know what the picture is until you finish it! Glad you found joy in doing it! I loved connecting the dots as a kid, definitely would enjoy it now if I make the time!

    exquisitely.me

    • Bexa
      Author
      March 17, 2018 / 11:37 am

      Thanks Nancy! 💕 It was such a good way to relax and feel the stress melt away 😘 xx

  23. March 17, 2018 / 7:03 am

    I loved these as a kid, but for some reason I haven’t done a dot-to-dot in years.. Thanks for sharing this! I need this book.

    • Bexa
      Author
      March 17, 2018 / 11:37 am

      Thanks Manon 💖 Glad you enjoyed the post 😘 xx

  24. March 17, 2018 / 9:24 am

    Wow, this refreshed my childhood memories 😃 I think I need to do it again, will have fun

    • Bexa
      Author
      March 17, 2018 / 11:38 am

      Thank you! 💕 So glad you enjoyed the post 😘 xx

  25. March 17, 2018 / 1:44 pm

    I love this!! I use a Harry Potter colouring book to calm down ✨

    • Bexa
      Author
      March 19, 2018 / 8:13 am

      Thanks Freddy! That sounds like a popular colouring book, others have mentioned it too! 💕😘 xx

  26. March 17, 2018 / 2:00 pm

    Never even knew something like this existed – only knew about the adult coloring books and such! Thanks for the introduction.

  27. March 17, 2018 / 3:06 pm

    Very cool. I might get one. I used to do these as a kid. 😊

  28. March 17, 2018 / 3:14 pm

    What an interesting post! I didn’t even know these type of books existed! 😀
    Thanks!

    • Bexa
      Author
      March 19, 2018 / 8:16 am

      Thank you! I’ve only recently discovered them and think they are great! 💕😘 xx

    • Bexa
      Author
      March 19, 2018 / 8:18 am

      Thank you so much Emily! Glad you enjoyed the post! 💕😘 xx

  29. March 18, 2018 / 9:27 am

    Oh my goodness I’m going to need one of these! I remember doing these when I was little & it was the best thing on Earth. Thanks for this trip down to the memory lane 🙂 also, I can imagine how well it reliefs stress.

    • Bexa
      Author
      March 19, 2018 / 8:19 am

      Thanks so much Jasmin 💖 it’s definitely a great stress buster! 😘 xx

  30. March 18, 2018 / 9:28 am

    I love this idea but i stess that i wont do them neat enough and then i will stress more

    • Bexa
      Author
      March 19, 2018 / 8:20 am

      Thanks Ashton! It’s very relaxing even if it’s not especially neat and tidy 💕😘 xx

  31. March 18, 2018 / 10:03 am

    These are lovely drawings and I love the colored fox! it’s so darn cute!
    Interesting that a book with numbered dots would be so relaxing.
    I have been meaning to scan and color pages of a star wars coloring book which we bought in a convention a couple of years ago. It has 100 drawings, and all you gotta do is color, but since I don’t want to tough the ones in the book, the idea is to scan. I just never got around to it.

    As you’ll see on my art therapy entries https://luluzpetals.blogspot.fr/search/label/Art%20therapy I don’t do art often enough. I lack self confidence and technique. I’v no patience for the ugly phase, but, we do plan to start making xmas cards by hand early this year, so we don’t have to rush on last month. We shall see how that goes and if it helps hone my skills, and thus make art more often.

    • Bexa
      Author
      March 19, 2018 / 8:23 am

      Thanks so much for your lovely thoughtful comment Lulu 💕. Colouring books are so relaxing, I’d love to see the Star Wars pages when they are scanned. That’s very prepared and organised making xmas cards early 😍. I did handmade Christmas cards last year and really enjoyed it. I think I’ll do them again this year. It would be nice to exchange cards with you ☺️ xx

  32. March 18, 2018 / 10:50 am

    I’ve never seen this before but it looks like such a great idea! This is definitely something I’m going to look into getting as a way to de-stress! Thanks for sharing x

    Ashleigh | http://ashleighwrites.co.uk

    • Bexa
      Author
      March 19, 2018 / 8:26 am

      Thank you Ashleigh! It’s such a great way to relax and de-stress! Glad you enjoyed the post 💕😘 xx

  33. March 18, 2018 / 10:51 am

    Great post! I think any thing like this that requires a lot of concentration is great for taking your mind off stressful situations and giving you the opportunity to just chill out and relax a bit! I love colouring with my daughter I find it really relaxing!

    • Bexa
      Author
      March 19, 2018 / 8:27 am

      Thanks Tasha! Colouring in is so calming and lovely you do it with your daughter ☺️. Glad you enjoyed the post 💕😘 xx

    • Bexa
      Author
      March 19, 2018 / 8:28 am

      Thanks Kate! I really like that every picture is a surprise, it really keeps you focused ☺️. Hope you enjoy yours! 💕😘 xx

  34. March 18, 2018 / 12:15 pm

    This is such a good idea! I used to love dot to dot when I was younger! I try and colour in now but never have time (poor excuse I know!) but this looks like fun! Also love the crayola shades, they’re gorg😍 great post Bexa!
    Liz 💕xx

    • Bexa
      Author
      March 19, 2018 / 8:29 am

      Thanks Liz! Colouring in is so calming. I know what you mean about finding the time. I’m trying to fit it in more often now ☺️. Glad you enjoyed the post 💕😘 xx

  35. March 18, 2018 / 12:18 pm

    This looks interesting. I am fully behind the colouring stress relief. I can’t tell how I would fare with dot to dots and having to find the numbers but I could only try!!! Thanks for enlightening me I had never even heard of it!!!

    • Bexa
      Author
      March 19, 2018 / 8:31 am

      Thanks Sandra! It’s very calming once you get into it. I’d definitely recommend 💕😘 xx

  36. March 18, 2018 / 12:34 pm

    This is such a cool idea! I was kind of stressed too the past few weeks and something like that might have helped. I remember I used to draw a lot in the past but now everything I want to do is in digital form. I have bought a drawing tablet but I can’t handle the learning curve-drives me nuts!

    • Bexa
      Author
      March 19, 2018 / 8:33 am

      Thanks Maria! 💕 A drawing tablet sounds like fun and challenging too! I’d love to try something like that but need to get better on paper first 😄🙈 xx

  37. Claudia
    March 18, 2018 / 1:17 pm

    This is beautiful but it will make me even more stressed 😂😂

    • Bexa
      Author
      March 19, 2018 / 8:34 am

      Thanks Claudia 💕 he he, I thought the same at first but it was quite relaxing ☺️ xx

  38. March 18, 2018 / 2:30 pm

    This looks so much fun. love the fox. Xx

    • Bexa
      Author
      March 19, 2018 / 8:34 am

      Thank you Kerry! It was very enjoyable 💕😘 xx

  39. March 18, 2018 / 8:19 pm

    I really like this idea! I’m in graduate school too, so I completely understand needing to find ways to get away from it for a little while and this is such a creative way!

    sunshineinhersoul.com

    • Bexa
      Author
      March 19, 2018 / 8:35 am

      Thanks Kendra! It’s a great way to switch off and focus on something different for a while 💕😘 xx

  40. March 18, 2018 / 10:12 pm

    Omg! This looks like such fun!! Lowkey jealous already😭😭😭 l need this in my life to destress. Thanks for the recommendation 😊

    MJ
    https://beeingyou.co.uk

    • Bexa
      Author
      March 19, 2018 / 8:36 am

      Thanks MJ! 💖 he he, glad you enjoyed the post, I’d definitely recommend 😘 xx

  41. March 19, 2018 / 11:45 am

    Happy Monday!!

    Even looking at these pages were extremely satisfying, what a great way to unwind and de stress!

    I might get this for my 24 hour plane journey! x x

    Becky – http://www.eyeful-events.com

    • Bexa
      Author
      March 20, 2018 / 8:18 am

      Thanks Becky! 💖 It’s such a great way to relax and stay calm. Would be perfect for a long flight too! 😘 xx

  42. March 19, 2018 / 10:26 pm

    This is post is so satisfyingly pleasing! I’ve always loved dot to dot pieces. Art therapy has always worked for me I think it’s one of the reasons I love art so much, everything I draw or paint I get to zone out & enter my state of calmness. You’ve done a fab job with your fox babe! 🦊 ❤️ PS Staedler is amazing I use their pigment liners for sketches Sakura Pigment Microns.

    xx Lena | https://lenadeexo.com

    • Bexa
      Author
      March 20, 2018 / 8:43 am

      Thank you Lena! 💖 I definitely agree, art is sooo calming and really helps you zone out. Time just disappears when I’m doing something arty or creative ☺️. Staedler are so good, I’ll have to check out those – thank you for the recommendation 😘 xx

  43. March 21, 2018 / 5:38 am

    Omg. I was so obsessed with connect the dots pieces when I was little. I’m DEFINITELY here if they want to make a comeback!

    Sinéad | http://www.sincerelysinead.com

    • Bexa
      Author
      March 22, 2018 / 7:55 am

      Thanks Sinead! They are so fun and relaxing, I’d definitely recommend 💕😘 xx

  44. March 24, 2018 / 5:49 am

    Love it. The fox is looking so cute. I remember enjoying this activity when my kids were little. We used to get so many coloring and joining the dots drawing books and enjoy. I love coloring I have a couple adult coloring books but recently got the Pixel Art on my iPad it is so much fun and addictive. 🙂

    http://glossnglitters.com

    • Bexa
      Author
      March 25, 2018 / 9:41 am

      Colouring in is so fun and relaxing 😍. Thank you for your lovely comment. Pixel Art on the iPad sounds like my kinda thing, I’d probably get addicted to it too 😄 xx

  45. March 24, 2018 / 2:30 pm

    Oh my goodness! This dot to dot book looks ideal! I usually colour when I am stressed, but this also looks fab too!

    Kelly
    http://thiswayandthatway.com

    • Bexa
      Author
      March 25, 2018 / 9:49 am

      Thanks Kelly! 💖 Its really calming and I love that you can colour them in when it’s complete 😍 glad you enjoyed the post 😘 xx

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