Are you overwhelmed with work? Do you feel stressed about paying bills and making sure dinner is on the table every night? Do you feel anxious about your hectic schedule? It may sound surprising, but adult coloring books have proven to be a great stress relief technique. Let’s explore how coloring books for adults help you destress – but first, we have to talk about what adult coloring books actually are.
You may have notice them while browsing the best-sellers charts on Amazon or walking through your favourite local book store. Books with beautiful, intricate, hand-drawn line illustrations of gorgeous detail and complexity. The pages within are black-and-white, but clearly hold limitless potential for vivid coloring. The illustrator has laid the ground work, but it’s up to you to finish the job as colorist.
Using whatever materials you choose – pens, colored pencils, crayons, gel pens, markers, chalk, watercolor, felt pens, brush pens – you can create a stunning world with any color combination your mind can dream up. Transform these detailed hand-drawn drawings into vivid masterpieces that are completely your own creation.
Adult coloring books help you destress by transporting you out of the current world and into one of imagination and inspiration. Feel yourself drift back to your childhood, when your days were spend doing nothing but playing, drawing, exploring, and discovering new things.
Coloring books for adults allow you to clear your mind of distractions and focus only on creativity and enjoyment, even if only for a few minutes at a time. “I got a copy from a friend for my birthday. I didn’t think much of it, until I actually picked up a pen and started drawing,” says Sarah Kirkman, an “adult coloring” convert. “I thought I would doodle for a few minutes, but I was hooked.” Geoff Nicholls agrees: “I didn’t expect it, but I like to color before bed just to relax and wind down a bit.”
Whether you’re spend a lazy Sunday coloring an entire picture, or just filling in a little corner in between mind-numbing tasks at work, adult coloring books are revolutionizing the way that adults get relief from stress. “I wouldn’t describe myself as stressed out, but like everybody else sometimes you need to relax.” says Kirkman. “I don’t think of myself as an artist or anything, I just find it really soothing.” The effects are so pronounced that some bosses are even scheduling group coloring sessions for the staff to clear their minds and relax.
In addition to the clear relaxation benefits of adult coloring books, the practice has other neurological benefits. The precise action of coloring in between intricate lines acts as training for fine motor skills, and exercises the focus centers in our brains. There’s also no doubt that it revs our creativity and kicks our imagination into gear.
If you suffer with stress, anxiety, depression, apprehension, and fear, there is a solution. Color therapy (also known as art therapy) is used by certified therapists to foster self-awareness, boost psychological health, and strengthen emotional well-being. You can achieve the same benefits through self-guided color therapy simply by purchasing coloring books for adults or even downloading images online to print and color on your own.