In 2016, more and more adults are… Coloring! There are recent scientific studies proving that adults are coloring more to relieve stress and even for social purposes. USA Today posted an article in December 2015 about the growing trend.
The trend, which is also very popular in Europe, isn’t just picking up a Disney character book at the store. There have been a growing number of “adult coloring books,” which feature coloring sheets of floral and geometrical designs that give adults a little more complexity. A number of the adult coloring books consistently hold spots on Amazon’s Top 20 book list and are even being put on display in book stores.
Surprisingly, many employers have brought this stress relieving trend into their offices for their employees to take part in during the day. I worked in a call center many years ago, and we all know how stressful that type of job can be. I remember individuals bringing coloring books and crayons and passing them around for us all to share. I can admit that I did enjoy coloring while taking calls from aggravated customers. It did seem to relieve some of the stress and it made the day pass by a little quicker, since I was no longer just sitting there bored waiting on the next call to come in. I would even hang my completed artwork inside my cubicle. Nowadays, most of my coloring is done with my children and I still enjoy it.
Lacy Mucklow is an art therapist in Washington D.C. who says the coloring craze has become a healthy way for stressed-out multitaskers to tune out the larger world. She says, “It’s good for us to be quiet and still and focused on just one thing for once.”
I couldn’t agree with her more! As an adult, life can be very stressful. Whether you’re a working mom, stay-at-home mom, dad or a college student; taking on a creative task, focusing on it and completing it can be very good for the soul. It makes sense that this trend is taking off. However, seeing how I’ve been partaking in this activity for years, I wouldn’t call it new.
So what are your thoughts? Does coloring help relieve your stress?
Check out some of these adult coloring books that can be ordered online:
Adult Coloring Books: A Coloring Book for Adults Featuring Mandalas and Henna Inspired Flowers, Animals, and Paisley Patterns
Adult Coloring Book: Stress Relieving Animal Designs
Creative Haven Owls Coloring Book (Adult Coloring)