There are bills to pay, a job to go to, a family to take care of, let’s face it adulthood is very stressful. As children, we can’t wait to grow up and be adult and as adults we miss the carefree life of being a child. The latest trend in stress relief is meant to not just take you to your place of zen, but also take you back to those carefree days of your childhood. The days when you ran and played outside on sunny days and on rainy days you colored the hours away. Coloring books for grownups are taking stores and homes by storm, but these are not the coloring books of your lost youth.
A recent online article by Fortune attributes rising hardcover book sales, partially to adult coloring books. These books are filled with intricate drawings meant to feed your creativity and engulf you in relaxation. Between the covers of these books you will find everything from a simple flower pattern to a very intricate spiral design and everything in between. They can be found in most bookstores, craft stores, online, and we even found them in some of the discount dollar stores. So why are adults buying coloring books for themselves?
Coloring has been used since the early 1900’s to combat stress and anxiety. Psychologist Carl Jung, was believed to have used coloring to calm the minds of his patients, allowing them to center themselves during bouts of anxiousness. Many doctors have continued to explore this as an all natural way to calm nerves and decrease stress and anxiety. Word on the benefits of adult coloring has now reached the mainstream thanks in part to social media and testimonies of its success.
These books filled with patterns allows us to find a place of zen no matter your creativity level. Simply by filling provided white blank spaces, the office, the bills, and stress seem a million miles away. Your mind simply shuts off to the rest of the world and focuses on what color you want to use next. It is a calming and rewarding activity that brings art to the lives of people who may otherwise not feel very artsy. These coloring books are a way to escape into your imagination for 10 minutes, a half hour, hour, or whatever works for you. Some people even equate their experiences to those similar to the relaxation that is achieved during yoga.
Added health benefits of enjoying a grown-up coloring book are also increased fine motor skills. An hour of coloring and you will remember how that used to feel in your hands from when you were a child. It also trains your brain to focus.
Whether you’re looking to relax, improve brain function, become more creative, or just have fun, coloring is a sure way to make you feel like a kid again.