Need something relaxing to do after a rough day at work or when your kids have been on a rampage? We often find that we need some downtime to just sit, relax, and veg out. And when that’s the case, we want to turn our brain off and just….be.
Lots of adults are finding that the perfect downtime activity is one from their childhoods. No longer are coloring books juvenile and for kids only. They’ve matured are are frequently the perfect medicine when you need to unwind or calm down.
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We Didn’t Always Admit We Liked To Color
I used to hide it. When company would come over I’d make sure that there wasn’t anything out in the open that would give my secret away. It was something I didn’t even admit to my friends because I was sure they’d laugh at me. Oh, my husband knew about it, but I was too embarrassed to tell anyone else. You see, I was addicted to coloring books long before the trend became cool.
Fortunately, I can now own up as to how much I love sitting down with a coloring book. It’s always helped me to decompress and relax after a long, and often rough, day. There is something about flipping through the pages to select just the perfect picture to work on that makes me feel like a child again, completely free from the adult responsibilities of work, bill paying, house keeping, and raising kids. And when the kids were little, this was one activity I could participate in with my them that I not only enjoyed, but looked forward to. Sometimes Mom just needs to feel like a kid again too.
And apparently I’m not alone.
Coloring Is Finally Cool Again!
The sale of adult coloring books has become big business lately. Walk into any big box craft store and you’ll find many to choose from. Since its release in 2013, “Secret Garden: An Inky Treasure Hunt and Coloring Book” has sold approximately two million copies. This coloring book, and its follow up, were two of the best selling books on Amazon. During a trip to Barnes and Noble just this past week I saw over twenty different – and beautiful – coloring books. I wanted to take them all home, curl up, and release my inner child. And here I was hiding my crayons and coloring books because I didn’t realize I had so much company!
There’s an app for that!
And for those who want to be able to color anywhere…..there’s an app for that! Actually, there are a lot of apps for that. Who knew? Apparently being able to pull up a coloring book while waiting for your child at the dentist or in between ballgames is more relaxing than watching the fish tank and it’s less fattening than heading to the concession stand.
So what’s the appeal of the adult coloring book?
- a desire to indulge your creative side
- a desire to re-experience a childhood pleasure
- distraction from everyday life
- relaxation, pure and simple
A side benefit is that this fun, relaxing activity can also help you reap actual physical benefits.
- take your mind off pain
- lower stress and anxiety levels
- regain a psychological sense of control over your life
So I’m feeling pretty good about my habit these days since learning that I’ve got so much company. Whether we’re indulging our inner child, taking some much needed relaxation time, or simply having fun, there are lots of us out there coloring away. And if you see me on my phone there’s a good bet that if I’m not playing Solitaire then I’m coloring a new picture……..my younger self is calling.