Maybe you’ve heard adult coloring books are big this year. Or maybe this is the first you’ve heard and your reaction is somewhere between “that’s ridiculous” and “that’s awesome!”
Personally, I’m intrigued.
I don’t consider myself an artist, so pulling out a blank sheet of paper and pencil–you know, just to sketch–sounds intimidating. Even stressful. (What if the passenger seated next to me expects artistic greatness?!) A coloring book? That sounds downright relaxing.
According to art therapy studies, coloring books can help us organize our thoughts, breathe more deeply and relieve PTSD symptoms. It has many of the same health benefits of meditation–and there is nothing childish about that!
Moreover, travel can be stressful. Tight connections, turbulent flights, missed ferries. A coloring book may be the perfect travel companion. Some coloring books may actually help you research your destination…
This coloring book has been incredibly popular in Europe. This coloring book promises to relieve stress. This coloring book looks hilarious! I’d especially love to try this ocean-inspired book. I hope you’re finding a way to relax today…but for now, a few links:
- Adult Coloring Books are Way Cooler When Bands Make Them (Esquire)
- The Zen of Adult Coloring Books (The Atlantic)
- Why Adults Are Buying Coloring Books (The New Yorker)