Can you stay within the lines? It may have been difficult so many years ago when you sat down in your Kindergarten class at the plastic tables and chairs to patiently color in whatever fantastical animal was placed in front of you on the table. But now that you’ve had years of practice with your hands – and you’ve developed quite an adept digital acuity through texting and typing, you really can stay within the lines! And surprisingly, coloring books for adults have recently become all the rage.
Taking over a couple spots on Amazon’s bestsellers list a variety of adult coloring books that are good for people who feeling stressed. The act of coloring can help you to create a quiet and zen-like state that we don’t often achieve in our everyday busy lives. Don’t just assume that because you colored in lines as a kid that you can’t use them yourself as an adult. Though these images can definitely be colored by children, they’re actually geared towards over-worked adults specifically.
“Adult coloring is absolutely a growing trend and consumers are really taking to the idea. Not only is it calming and good for your health, it’s just fun! The demand is increasing exponentially as the word spreads.”
You may think that you have a variety of hobbies to keep yourself satisfied, the reason that coloring books are so interesting and are quickly gaining traction is due to their removedness from the online. Playing games doesn’t take you away from technology, nor do you pleasantly sit on your back patio porch playing Minecraft to relax. Like kids, adults also need the break away from a screen, and coloring within lines, though pretty analog in comparison, is the much needed haven.
When focusing on coloring in sections of a page, your mind zones in on that one habit and all other worries simply fade away. It gives you some reprieve from that constant keyboard tapping that you do all day and allows you to really unwind and focus on a completely related task that you don’t often get to do. Sort of letting yourself achieve some sort of inner peace. The therapeutic benefits of this isn’t new either, it’s long been used by medical practitioners of patients of varying ages. Art therapy has long been used to help both boost and rejuvenate the mind. The mindfulness of filling a page with color also brings us back into the past youthful mental state of bliss that we experienced as kids who performed the same task.
So what do you say, are you ready to color?