Coloring Books for Adults Help Relieve Stress

There’s a growing trend in the battle against stress. It doesn’t involve medication, yoga retreats, or a new app on your smartphone. It’s for adults, and it harkens back to a simpler time when we just didn’t have that much stress to deal with — childhood.

Adult coloring books are flying off bookstore shelves because they give stressed-out grown-ups a chance to escape and relax. Check out this report from CBS Pittsburgh affiliate KDKA.

Adults who have adopted this stress-management approach love it because, unlike their everyday lives, coloring is something they can control – it’s a break from their daily routines that are dictated by work and family schedules and a whole host of other responsibilities.

Advocates say they love the focus and concentration they get when taking time to color. The built-in structure of staying within the lines enhances the focus and experience. It’s the simplicity of it all that really resonates with adult coloring book fans. Taking time to do one simple thing is rare these days, and the stress seems to melt away when they take some “me time” to unwind with a good (coloring) book.

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There is no shortage of coloring books to be had. In fact, Amazon.com lists adult coloring books as some of their most popular items and even has a special Adult Coloring Book Page highlighting titles like Doodle Dogs, Elegant Elephants, and Amazing Cities. And of course, there are extensive collections of specialized pens, pencils and crayons for the adult doodler.

If you are interested in trying it out, start at the beginning with the aptly-named Adult Coloring Book Stress Relieving Patterns, which seems to have kicked off this whole craze.

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