This title sounds a lot more scandalous than it actually is!
You’ve probably heard about adult coloring books and while “adult” can mean one thing it doesn’t mean THAT in this context. Adult coloring books have gained a lot of popularity over the past year or so, most notably for their ability to help reduce stress and promote mindfulness and focused attention. That’s a lot to be said for using a crayon.
As I thought about ordering one for myself, the folks over at Put Me in The Story reached out with one of their custom coloring books for me to try. I don’t know that it necessarily helped me reduce my stress levels but I certainly found myself very quickly in a very focused state, much like what happens when I write or listen to a really good song. It kind of just captures you and time escapes for just a little while.
I know that for a lot of you that time is hard to come by. It is for me too. But, I think that even with all the responsibilities that we have as adults, we have to MAKE time for us to do things like color, listen to a good song, or anything that can help us reduce stress and decompress. And if you find that you can’t get that solo time because you have to look after children, you can bring in your own, advanced coloring book while they dive into the world of coloring dinosaurs and pandas. And just to be clear, I’m NOT saying you should avoid those coloring books . I’m just saying that Put Me in The Story might just be more your style.
A fair warning to the newbies out there, I was and am still a bit intimidated by the pages in my adult coloring book. Not because it’s hard but it’s a far cry from what you’re used to when it comes to kids’ books. These images are DETAILED! I think that is intentional on the publisher’s part because it forces our busy and complex minds to focus on the minutia on the page. Children typically don’t have that worry. I believe it is those tiny details which help you enter that trance-like relaxed state.
My recommendation is that you purchase some colored pencils or thin-tip markers to go with your coloring book. Turn on some instrumental soothing music and go to town. If you don’t feel these great effects of stress reduction when you’re done, that’s OK. At least you know that you’ve given yourself 10 minutes of peace and quiet. And who knows, maybe at the end of the day you may have a nicely colored picture to hang on your fridge.
If you’re interested in learning more about adult coloring books, you should check out these links:
- Why Coloring Could Be the New Alternative to Meditation
- 3 Reasons Why All the Adults You Know Have Started Coloring Again
- Free Colouring Pages for Adults
Disclosure: Put Me In the Story was kind enough to create a custom book for me for the purposes of this post. All opinions listed herein are mine, and mine alone.