I know I’m not the only one whose heart leapt for joy when I saw the headline, “Adult Coloring Should be Your New Hobby.”
YES! 1 million times YES!
It sounded leaps and bounds more fun than any internet surfing, but I digress. As a mom of 2 and full-time grad student I am constantly thinking of ways to keep my cortisol levels in check. While I adore my crazy messed-up life filled with snuggles, reading (not the fun kind), and tests, there are definitely times when I need a minute. An hour or even 15 minutes spent coloring sounds like divine meditation, especially in those moments… you know the ones I mean.
The best part is that the benefits of coloring aren’t merely hearsay propagated by mombies rocking back and forth, crayon in hand, repeating “Like coloring, I like coloring…”while their toddler scribbles on the walls with wild abandon. Actual research conducted at San Francisco State University found that those who pursue creative activities outside of work not only deal with stress better, but also improve their work performance. It can lower stress levels, help with insomnia, and it makes a great group activity!
For me, the act of coloring is a lot like yoga or running. When I stand in tree pose, my mind has a singular task, to focus on my body, my breathing, balance. Coloring also provides the mind a singular task, allowing it a break from rampant to-do lists, or a stressful situation at hand. It is precisely these breaks that recharge batteries preventing explosions of unprocessed emotion. It is a way to engage the mind and create new connections among neurons and renew connections with my little guys.
In April, three of the bestsellers on Amazon were coloring books just for the post-pubescent set… Currently, there is one coloring book remaining on the list at #10. So, while I’m sure coloring’s 15 minutes is coming to a close, I remain enamored.
Johanna Basford’s Secret Garden has been one of the most popular coloring books, it is about $10 on amazon. If $10 sounds a little steep a quick search on Google or Pinterest returns tons of free printables so you can check it out!
Have you colored recently? What other methods of de-stressing have you found and loved?