You’ve no doubt seen and heard this enormous fad that is adult coloring — it’s everywhere. It turns out, there’s tons of research supporting the mental health benefits behind it. I have to say, as someone who has worked with children for almost ten years, and an avid colorer, I can attest to the relaxation that comes from it!
Dana Dovey writes in Medical Daily “Research shows this form of therapy often has tangible results. One 2006 study, for example, found that mindfulness art therapy for women with cancer helped to significantly decrease symptoms of physical and emotional distress during treatment. Another study from the same year concluded that after only one hour of art therapy, adult cancer patients of all ages “overwhelmingly expressed comfort” and a desire to continue with the therapy.” (read the full article here)
If you haven’t tried it yet, here’s a short & sweet list to get you started! If you’re really itching to get started and can’t wait for your coloring book to be delivered, try checking your local Target, Barnes & Noble, or even Walmart! If you can wait, these ones are some of the coolest I’ve found!
*Links included for every book! Just click the site/store name with * after it! 🙂
1. Harper Collins, Christmas to Color
Get in the holiday spirit, snuggle up with some cocoa in your favorite slippers, THIS is how to relax and forget about the stress of the holidays! From Gilt* for $12!
2. Quarto Publishing, Color Me Calm
Colorful meditation! I love the abstract designs in this one. Get it from Gilt* for $12.
3. Harper Collins, Color London
Maybe you can relax and daydream about your next trip! From Gilt*, this one’s only $10!
4. Vogue Colors A to Z
“In this first-ever coloring book from American Vogue, you are invited into a world of fashion fantasy. Twenty-six archival magazine covers from 1912 to 1932, by ten celebrated illustrators living here and abroad, take you back to a more playful and whimsical moment of boas, bows, hats and headpieces, fans, pearls and gloves, and even exotic animals.” Get it from Gilt* for $12!
5. The Mindfulness Coloring Book
70 designs, with some inspiring quotes, to promote mindfulness and gratuity! Get it from Cost Plus World Market* for $14.95!
6. Lonely Planet, Ultimate Travel Coloring Book
Color it now and compare it to the real thing after you plan your trips and add all these beautiful destinations to your bucket list! From Cost Plus World Market*for $14.95.
7. The Art of Mindfulness: Relaxed and Focused Coloring Book
This one’s a bargain — 96 pages for $7.79 from Zulily*
8. Stress Less 3-piece Coloring Book Bundle
Bundle & save! Get all three for $29.95 from HSN*
9. Quarto Publishing Field Guide: Creatures Great and Small
“A Coloring Guide to Creatures Great and Small features animals from all corners of the globe – from exotic fish to big cats to incredible insects – with information on each species included on the reverse of each print.” From Gilt*for $15.
10. HarperCollins Trianimals: Color Me Dog
This one is actually a color by number! It takes all the guess work out of color-picking and produces some seriously cute designs worth hanging on the fridge! Get it from Gilt* for $11!
What are you waiting for? Get your relaxation on! All of these would also make great gifts for anyone in your life who could use a little mental break.
BONUS: Pair any of these books with these space-saving, double sided colored pencils from Cost Plus World Market* for $9.99