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3 Ways Coloring Books Reduce Stress

Drawing in adult coloring book
June 6, 2017

Nostalgia—it’s a fun way to reduce stress and boost your mood. One nostalgic phenomenon that has become a very popular trend is adult coloring books. These books are cleverly designed and they’re more intricate than your average children’s coloring books. If you’re a big fan of art or love creative projects, you should give adult coloring books a try.

Adults coloring books began as a hobby for some, but in 2012 its popularity grew. It’s commonly used as a fun way to relieve stress. So much so that two coloring books for grown-ups made it to Amazon’s bestsellers list in the UK. While a lot of these coloring books have peaceful or calming themes like gardens, animals, and even Christmas, there are also those that are little outside of the box. Some artists have created coloring pages based on the BBC series Sherlock, magazine covers from Vogue, city maps, and even Beyonce’s video album Lemonade.

Interested in joining in on the fun? Listed below are three ways you can use adult coloring books to reduce your stress.

  • Unwind with others. Coloring can be a great bonding experience for you and others. Your kids will love coloring with you, and it’s a fun way to kick back with friends. Connecting with other people can also help reduce stress, so coloring with others provides double the stress relief benefits.
  • Get to the root of your problems. Sometimes ideas and solutions to our problems come to us when we take some time away from our work. Coloring gives your brain a break so that you can return to your problems later with fresh eyes. Coloring can also help calm you down so that you can later focus on your issue with a cool and collected brain.
  • Take a moment to reflect. A coloring break can also be the perfect time to reflect on your day, your week or your year thus far. Listen to relaxation music or nature sounds while you color to further reduce your stress. You can also use your coloring break to further your mind by listening to enlightening podcasts.

Want to learn more about how art therapy can reduce stress in your life? Check out this Mindful article.

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