Lately I’ve been seeing coloring books everywhere, the bookstore, gift shops, the grocery store check outline, Amazon, ITunes. These coloring books say they are“mindful” or “anti-stress”. It seems that people are exited to do something that is not on a screen and make time to do something creative. Making time to color can be a enjoyable way to be in the moment with paper and pencil.
If you are thinking about buying one of the coloring books, some of of favorite coloring books are "Balance (Angie's Extreme Stress Menders Volume 1)" by Angie Grace , “Coloring Mandala’s” by Susan Fincher, and "The Mindfulness Colouring Book: Anti-stress Art Therapy for Busy People" by Emma Farrarons. These books can be used by kids and adults, but the new coloring book are being marketed to stressed-out adults looking for a moment of calm that a coloring session can bring.
If you just want to try mindful coloring out and not sure you want to buy an entire book of coloring pages. Here are a couple of free downloads that are great way to start.
And if you find it easier to do coloring on screen, well, there’s an app for that too.
So sit down, relax, pick up a crayon or a colored pencil and take some time to color. You may just create something something beautiful!