Looking for stress relief? Pick up a coloring book

Art therapy can be a great way to relax and stay calm, which may explain why adult coloring books have become so popular in recent years.

Did you know that art therapy can be a great way to relax and stay calm? That may explain why adult coloring books have become so popular in recent years.

Adult coloring books have more intricate patterns than those favored by children, so they require greater concentration. And it is this concentration that proves beneficial when comes to beating stress.

When we worry or stress out, thoughts swirl in our minds – thoughts that can become hard to turn off. But for a growing number of adults, art therapy is a good way to silence these worrisome thoughts.

Some therapists recommend adult coloring books because they help us achieve mindfulness. Being mindful means that you are living in the present, not stressing about things that are beyond your current environment. Absent of worry, your brain begins to refresh and recharge. (Also, it is a nice throwback to a sweet moment from your childhood.)

Adult coloring books are easy to find. Just go to any bookstore and you will see a large display of them in many varieties. You can also go online and download them for free.

Personally, I love them. I discovered adult coloring books from a coworker who gave me a page to try. After a few minutes, I was hooked. I just felt relaxed. They are a great boredom-buster, too!

Want to start coloring? Coloring Pages for Adults has some great patterns that you can print out for free. So grab those colored pencils and enjoy!

Ayesha Qureshi is a certified health and wellness coach and has a background in health behavior and health education.

Ayesha Qureshi, MPH
Ayesha Qureshi is a certified health and wellness coach and has a background in health behavior and health education.

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