March 11 2016

Why You Need an Adult Coloring Book

Naptime… Macaroni Necklaces…Hopscotch…I can’t be the only one who misses those timeless Kindergarten activities. Right?

When I look back on my Kindergarten experience now, it looks something like this:


You are probably wondering how this image has anything to do with my Kindergarten experience, but bear with me for a second. Although I didn’t walk into class and dance with a giant football against a background of animated rainbows and flowers, I never felt stressed. Ever.

A life without stress? Inconceivable! Today, I get stressed if I don’t feel stressed. Especially now with midterms on the horizon, stress simply comes with the territory. Today, my life looks a bit more like this:


and sometimes this:


It it times like these when I wish I had actually napped during nap time. Alas, I cannot travel back in time, so I have to find other ways to escape to a stress free world that was once just a regular day.

No matter where I am, I always make sure to bring some sort of relaxing activity. Depending on the day, I usually carry one of three things around with me: a book, my writing journal, or my creative journal that I use for drawing and doodling.

My newest obsession, one that makes me think time travel does in fact exist, is an activity that seems to be popping up more and more: Adult Coloring Books, also referred to as Color Therapy. Why make a coloring book for adults? Having guidelines eases anxiety about creating an original design and focusing on the single act of choosing a color and filling in the design. I have tried it and believe me, it works. There is no right or wrong way to color. Knowing that is surprisingly freeing and creates a safe space to escape everyday stress.

When I went to purchase one myself, the multitude of different options to choose from was stressful. Gotta love the irony. After rifling through stacks of them at various bookstores, here are a few of my favorites:

1. Portable sized, for those of you who are always on the go: (I have this one myself)

2. For Secret Garden Fans:

3. If you want to tear out single pages:

4. If you want to experience Paris from your own home:

And if you don’t want an entire book… there are websites such as this one: http://www.coloring-pages-adults.com/coloring-zen/ that let you print out single pages.

If you ask me, everyone (myself included) needs to spend a little more time doing things for pure enjoyment, even if that means just 20 minutes a day. The adult coloring books provide an easy and stressless way to do so.

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