If you're looking for a way to relax and relieve stress but meditation just isn't feasible for your lifestyle, or a day at the spa doesn't fit into your budget. Knitting, crocheting, ceramics are all very nice and you might have already given one or two of them a try but grown-up coloring books might be the right choice for you. You don't have to wait for the glue to set or the paint to dry before you can move on to the next step. Many adults, in an attempt to relieve the tensions of a hectic day, will try to get some alone time. This turns to boredom which then turns to anxiety about being bored. Yes, it's a vicious circle. With coloring books there are no rules, no time limits, no right or wrong. Psychologists call it 'the flow', where you are not bored or anxious, you're 'in the zone'.
Coloring Books for Grown-ups
Intricate detailed designs separate grown-up coloring books from those we remember as children.
Above photo credit Pixabay
Some coloring books are more detailed and intricate while others feature larger patterns that are easier to see and navigate. The books are available in an assortment of themes, animals, flowers abstract patterns, birds and butterflies. I've selected a few and displayed them here.
Alone or in a group
Relaxation means something different to everyone. Coloring in a book while alone in your room is one way to do it. For others, putting together a group of friends each with their own books and pencils is just as relaxing. It's quite a phenomenon when a group of people begin coloring, none of them speak. Everyone is in their own personal zone, yet they're happy to be in a group.
Form a coloring book club, like the friends in this video
The Supplies - Pens and Pencils
You don't have to be restricted to pens and pencils. Let creativity be your guide, try using brushes and watercolors. It all depends on you.
The Finished Product
After you've completed your work of art, don't let it sit in a drawer or throw it in a box never to be seen again. Share it with your friends. Autograph it (yes, why not), put it in a nice frame and give it as a gift. We might be in the cold age of technology but a hand crafted gift can be cherished and passed down for generations.