Coloring books for grown ups

June 12, 2014
I've often tried to meditate.

But as soon as I sit down, my mind starts running around.

I know that's to be expected, and that you just have to stick with it. But somehow the sense of peace and calm I try to accomplish by meditating always eludes me.

Then I heard coloring counts as a form of meditation. And all around me I hear people buying or printing coloring pages for adults, and having a great time coloring them. I myself haven't though. I can't help but feel coloring is for children, and that grown-ups should be doing something useful with their time.

Then I thought: 'Wait a minute! Coloring to get some peace of mind is useful!' So I did some research into how this therapeutic effect of coloring comes about.

What coloring can do for you

  • Apparently coloring helps you to 'zone out'. To take your mind off things.

  • Coloring helps you to relax, which is good for you blood pressure

  • Sometimes a solution to a problem may pop into your head when you're coloring

  • Coloring unlocks parts of your brain. Like the creative part

Grown-ups coloring books versus children's coloring books


Grown-ups coloring books have different pictures for you to color, and they usually have more details. So they're more difficult to color. So coloring a coloring books is not as childish as it might seem.

Nevertheless, I stíll haven't been able to get myself to take up coloring.

I'm a coloring snob...

4 comments

  1. Wow, I need to try this. I really enjoy working with color. It might be very relaxing and may provide inspiration for my jewelry designs. Thanks for this article.

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  2. I love coloring. I do it with my children all of the time and it really does help you calm down, focus and zone out. I become one mellow mama after a coloring session with the kiddos and suggest it as a quiet afternoon activity all of the time.

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  3. That sounds great Jennifer. I would love to be more Zen. Maybe I will try this coloring thing after all.

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  4. I haven't colored in some time, but honestly, I do look forward to coloring with Baby Boy. I try to do something kind of like coloring with him now. His attention span is so short though (as it should be, I know) and he doesn't quite get the entirety of the concept/activity of coloring. He'd rather hog all the coloring tools (pencils, pens, markers, crayons) and walk around with them while simultaneously drawing/writing on paper...or put them in his mouth just because it's cute lol :)

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