Living with anxiety I have always tried to find outlets to ease my mind. However, the more I rely on certain activities the more I become prone to them. I try to switch it up from reading a book to a crochet project to playing video games. Recently I have added coloring on my list of go-to’s. I have always enjoyed coloring since I was a child; I remember making mini children picture books and giving them to my school librarian to read to the class. Embarrassing. So it got me thinking, if I enjoyed it so much as a child why can’t I enjoy it as an adult?
Benefits of Coloring as an Adult
Reducing Stress & Relaxes the mind
Let’s face it, it doesn’t actually get rid of problems but it does help put them on hold. Art has always been used therapeutically for centuries. It’s a meditative activity that does help ease the mind while being engaged with the picture.
I find the act of coloring very expressive. You’re creating something using your own mind. Everyone has different techniques and may not choose the same colors that you would’ve chosen. You envision what the picture would look like and you bring it to life.
Mindful & Therapeutic
Coloring is not a demanding activity. It does require focus and attention while allows your mind to be at ease. I admit, I do bring my colouring book to work and colour at my desk – especially during stressful situations. Although I am present in the real world, I am creatively engaged and my mind is at ease.
When J and I made a trip to Chapters Bookstore, he helped me pick out a coloring book that best suits me. He was right. I took home the Animorphia: An Extreme Coloring and Search Challenge book and I fell in love instantly.
I love the artwork and the cute details you find in each picture.
I prefer to use colored pencil over markers simply because I love the idea of blending the colours together with ease. I also love being able to manipulate the tones and bring life to the picture. Eventually I do want to try watercolors in the near future.
Although I’m not a huge fan of doodling I decided to leave that to J. I am super stoked for his next title, Imagimorphia to be released this summer! For anyone who loves to doodle, color, cute images or all 3 I would recommend this author.
Another recommendation that I’m sure most of you guys have seen in bookstore is Johanna Basford‘s coloring books selection. Another coloring book that I am waiting on to be release this summer is Camilla D’Errico’s Manga book — and if you’re into manga and cute things check out Miss Wah’s Shades of Kawaii 1 & 2 colouring book collection. However, if you’re more into fairytails or Disney check out these two books here & here. LAST but not least, if you want to be more simple but enjoy Japan culture, Vive Le Color! Japan would be the book for you.