Coloring isn’t just for kids anymore. Nor are these the rough-papered books of old, fit only for scribbles and blunt crayons. These coloring books are intricately designed landscapes of enchanted forests, deep sea creatures, floral paradises, and dizzying geometric puzzles. They offer an escape, far more than the princess dresses or connect-the-dots of children’s books.
So why the hype?
Fans of grown-up coloring books will tell you it’s more than just a fun hobby. The benefits of coloring:
- Relieves stress – like meditation, coloring demands you focus only on the present moment, allowing you to enter a state of mindfulness and switch off your brain from other thoughts.
- Reduces anxiety – coloring helps you take your mind off whatever you’re thinking about, so it’s a great distraction for those who are feeling anxious. It has a calming effect on the brain and can help you relax.
- Enhances creativity – for those that don’t feel comfortable exploring other art forms, or who don’t have time to immerse themselves in a creative hobby, coloring is a great way for adults to discover their creative side and reconnect with a child-like love of art, enhancing personal expression that may be denied many adults in their everyday life.
If these benefits aren’t enough for you, coloring books are fun too! So bring out your coloring pens and pencils (especially the green ones) and immerse yourself in the wonderful world of adult coloring books, and see what you can create. Have you tried an adult coloring book, and what do you think of the growing coloring trend?