I can’t even. You guys, seriously, how is it that this is just recently becoming trendy? I still remember the first time I excitedly bought Reuvo her first set of crayons and coloring books. It was probably way too soon because I spent most of the time trying to pull those crayons out of her mouth, but I did it anyways. Do you know why? Because I was dying for an excuse to color.
Recently, I picked up my first real grown-up coloring book when we were in Powell’s bookstore (I blogged about that trip here) and since then I see them everywhere. I’m glad this is catching on because truthfully, I think there are a lot of benefits to coloring that we could all use.
My daughter and I are both the types of people who need to unwind and de-stress a little at the end of a work/school day. We get overloaded and this makes us cranky. Our coloring time together allows us the time we need to relax and she tends to open up to me when she is distracted by her coloring. The stress that was simmering on the surface in our house seems to melt right down into our crayons and onto the page. I don’t need a bunch of studies to tell me that coloring is good for de-stressing because I have experienced it first hand. With all of us constantly on the go, who doesn’t need a little more time focusing on colors rather than focusing on to-do lists?
So just do it. Run out to your nearest bookstore or craft store and grab yourself some pencils and a coloring book that speaks to you. From my personal favorite Splendid Cities to The Game of Thrones, there are plenty of options out there to embrace your inner preschooler. Below are some of the ones I am itching to add to my collection:
Don’t want to spend the money? That’s okay too, check out our Pinterest board for plenty of free printable options that are available out there. And seriously, don’t worry too much about staying in the lines.