There are many tools and ideas to help with stress, here's another one that is sure to keep you excited and feeling inspired - coloring. Yes, it is a kids past time and known for kids. However, what if I told you coloring is not only for kids? What if I told you there are millions of intricate, detailed and hard adult coloring books? I would get my pens and colored pencils out for this one.
Johanna Basford, an extremely talented artist, creates these amazing coloring books. The patterns are fantastic and one can tell Johanna draws her heart and soul in these books. As her past coloring books, for example, the Secret Garden and Enchanted Forest, making a KILLING, her new coloring book Lost Ocean is being released October 27th. Ever wanted to wander under the sea and live with all the sea animals? Ever wanted to color in all shapes and sizes of underwater animals? Then, you need to pick up this book. You can pre-order a copy before October 27 or buy it on that day! Click HERE to learn more about where you can pre-order.
But how and why does coloring serve as a stress relief tool? Johanna mentions for her, drawing is extremely therapeutic. Coloring can even be a form of meditation. What happens when you start coloring in these patterns is that it relaxes your amygdala. This is the side of the brain that attaches to fear and when coloring, it releases that side of the brain and allows the brain to relax. This relaxation allows you to de-stress.
In addition, coloring is just extremely fun and this in itself can allow you to relax and think of what types of colors you are going to use, what page you're going to do next and so on.
Coloring keeps your mind off your "busy life" and allows you to unwind and allows you to be completely creative. Sometimes adults are caught up in the real world, coloring is a chance to connect to that easy-going inner child. This can alter your overall mood when you aren't coloring and can really help you strive to be as positive as you can be! By spending time on these detailed patterns, you are allowing your creativity to flow, allowing your mind to relax and pretty much entering a therapeutic state. Now, go pick up these amazing coloring books, some nice pens or colored pencils (whatever you prefer) and start your de-stressing.