Feeling stressed? Grab a coloring book, some drawing tools of your choosing, and let the creative juices flow.
That’s right. No longer is coloring an activity reserved solely for children, ages one and up. The familiar childhood pastime has resurfaced as a fun, creative way for adults to de-stress. Say hello (or welcome back) to coloring books for grown ups.
According to several studies, coloring significantly reduces feelings of anxiety and depression. Between work, bills, and the overall struggle of ”adulting,” the practice provides a peaceful escape from everyday stressors. Preciously, it is even a brief return to the simplicity of childhood.
Beyond warm feelings of nostalgia, coloring enhances overall health & well-being and supports mindfulness. Researchers say the level of focus and relaxation achieved during the act is not unlike being in a meditative state. Added bonus: you have something beautiful to show for it in the end! Hang it on your fridge with pride.
Although some believe coloring books for grown ups is just a passing fad, the activity actually dates back to the early 20th century when it was first employed by psychologists as a relaxation technique. Shout-out to the original trend-setter, Carl G. Jung. Since then, art therapists have voiced their approval of the positive short-term health benefits that coloring boasts. Pro tip: swap your screen for a coloring book before bed. You can thank us later for those extra hours of beauty sleep 😉
The first commercially successful coloring books for grown ups lined the shelves of bookstores and trendy shops nationwide in 2012. With pages upon pages of mandalas, intricate patterns, and garden style landscapes, they quickly grew in popularity. Now, the books have taken on even more light-hearted, humorous themes. With titles such as the Gangsta Rap Coloring Book, 1990’s Coloring Book: All That and a Box of Crayons, and books based on popular shows like Bob’s Burgers and Rick and Morty, there’s truly something out there for everyone. Added bonus: they make great gifts.
Print and color the picture at the bottom of this page to get reacquainted with the art of coloring. Then, head on over to our Instagram and Facebook pages for a chance to win a set of Marvy Uchida markers so that you can continue your artistic endeavors! (GIVEAWAY CLOSED.) Once you’re done, DM us a picture of your masterpiece to be featured on our Instagram Stories!