Coloring as an activity is usually associated with children and as we all grow older, crayons and colored pencils become replaced with pens and highlighters. However, it turns out that coloring is quite beneficial for adults too – it has de-stressing effect.
Lately, many publishers are becoming focused on launching coloring books made specifically for adults. It seem that they generate calmness and stimulate brain areas which are related to motor skills, creativity and senses. This anxiety coloring book trend spreads all over the world very fast – especially in Europe and North America.
So, the first obvious question is…
Does Coloring Relieve Stress?
The answer to this question is YES. Coloring as a stress reliever was used much before than you could possible think. Carl G. Jüng was probably the first person to apply coloring in relaxation processes in the early 20th century. This psychologist successfully used mandalas (circular designs with concentric shapes that origin in India) for this purpose.
Psychologist Gloria Martínez Ayala claims that coloring activates different areas of two cerebral hemispheres. It involves both logic and creativity, which are not that often combined in any kinds of activity. She says that “the relaxation that it provides lowers the activity of the amygdala, a basic part of our brain involved in controlling emotion that is affected by stress.”
Simpler put – coloring helps de-stress by providing us with a complete focus on certain activity. This way, stress cause is far away from out thoughts. In the same time it provides us with a task based on creativity and imagination. Along with that, coloring brings us back to childhood, a period most known as least stressful.
How to Choose Coloring Book?
As we could see, coloring became trend easily. Many publishers have launched their own copies so it is obvious that the offer is wide. When we say wide, we mean extremely wide and that causes choosing the perfect one much harder.
All of this coloring books are made specifically for adults, but, of course, do not exclude children from being users as well. Each coloring book has the same concept and the only difference is in drawings – some have animals and flowers, some building, other are abstract. However, the effect is the same. The only thing you need to follow when purchasing is your own style and wishes. Find what is the most appealing and loving to you and let it inspire you and help you stay calm.
In order to help you out in making a decision, we created a list with most popular and effective coloring books. Here are some you should take into consideration…
1. The Mandala Coloring Book
Mandalas are, as you could read in the previous section, circular designs with concentric shapes, originated from India. They remind a lot on windows in gothic churches and are used in variety of things. One of its usages is seeking inner peace and inspiration. The best way to achieve calmness is by coloring such circles, so this coloring book can be easily the perfect choice. Your tranquility and balance will come out right after you start filling.
The Mandala Coloring Book, with its 100 customizable drawings, encourages you to use your creativity and imagination in filling all the circles and shapes. Let your brain focus and express its beautiful and creative part in the most practical and easy way.
The author of the book, Jim Gogarty, has had a passion for drawing for as long as he can remember. So, back in 2005 he decided to create something that can be helpful to many. On its 208 pages, apart from drawings, paperback coloring book contains instructions and design tips. All designed and arranged in such beautiful order that you cannot omit its greatness.
2. Color Me Calm: 100 Coloring Templates for Meditation and Relaxation
Amazing cover design says it all – so many different patterns and shapes are waiting for you to fill them in with your favorite colors. The process of coloring will help you gain and keep calmness, as its title suggests, and will also provide you with unique way of expressing creativity.
This coloring book is a part of Color Me series that includes many other books, such as Color Me Happy, which will be elaborated further in text. Every coloring book from the series has illustrations placed into different chapters, based on the subject. These chapters in Color Me Calm are: Mandalas, Water Scenes, Wooded Scenes, Geometric Patterns, Flora & Fauna, Natural Patterns, and Spirituality.
The authors of every one of 100 coloring templates in the book are Lacy Mucklow and Angela Porter. They wanted to create something that will occupy us enough to forget on everyday problems and help us achieve calmness. Guess that they succeeded in that.
3. Creative Therapy: An Anti-Stress Coloring Book
128 pages of different flowing lines, detailed patterns and sweeping swirls are made for everyone who wishes to create something beautiful and enjoy benefits such as calmness and blissfulness. As coloring of these drawings requests focus increase, achieving above-mentioned feelings is unavoidable. Not thinking about everyday problems and anxiety causes is what everyone needs – and here is the best solution.
This coloring book contains no instructions – feel free to do anything your heart leads you to. Some illustrations in the book already have their background colored, some not. Also, there are certain pages with illustrations where you need to complete it with your own doodling and all of this makes it non-classical and very interesting to use. The covers are paperback, but still quite hard, which makes this coloring book much more durable.
Look at the cover and you will not what is waiting for you in the inside. It is stunning!
They might seem to be the same, but they are not. This one coloring book and the previous one are, obviously, published by the same publisher. They fit into the series of coloring books made in the same anti-stress purpose, but with different content. Containing also 128 pages and having similar cover is what we know at first, but the question is – what is inside?
Drawings are situated in sections based on color palette – from intense reds and oranges to blues and pastels, which are well known as calming colors. This way, user can color certain section that suits his current mood or preferred one.
There is no need for enormous craft supplies, instructions or particular talent. Let your imagination do the job and enjoy in instant stress-relieving effects. And, what is event better, there are enough drawings and cover is hardback so this cure for stress can last you a very long time.
Every animal lover will adore this coloring book! 30 different animal pictures are waiting for you. From owls to armadillos – these “beasts”, richly detailed with patterns, will make you calmer, inspired and probably fill your heart with numerous emotions.
This coloring book has 72 pages containing 30 drawings and multiple tips from talented artist Valentina Harper. In addition, Creative Coloring Animals has a bonus – beautiful coloring examples made by best-selling craft author Marie Browning. Paperback cover makes it easy to carry around – so do not hesitate. This coloring book will make you feel relaxed and calm, will provide you with a way to express your own creativity, and along with that, will inspire you with multiple quotes placed on the back of every drawing.
So many positive elements that you cannot keep the feeling of stress and tension inside you. Let the relieving magic begin!
6. Creative Coloring Inspirations: Art Activity Pages to Relax and Enjoy!
The publisher of the book is the same as for the previous one, so you can expect more or less the same content with different drawings. The previous one is perfect choice for every animal-lover, but if you do not fit in that category, this coloring book can be a great choice.
This 72-paged paperback book contains 30 drawings, inspirational quotes and different tips for better coloring. It is made in cooperation with previously mentioned Valentina Harper and Marie Browning. Being printed on high quality extra-thick paper makes it very durable and practical for use – no bleeding through! So, feel free to use anything while coloring – from pens, gels and markers to color pencils and watercolors.
Get creative, get inspired and feel much better. So many positive messages are waiting for you and while coloring – you will subconsciously keep them in your mind all the time.
7. The Mindfulness Colouring Book: Anti-Stress Art Therapy for Busy People
The Mindfulness Colouring Book is a small, 5 x 7 inch book with a 100 flowing, captivating, very detailed illustrations in different patterns. Every single picture in this book is unique and beautiful on its own way. Some illustrations are even two-paged, which gives users much more freedom to express their creativity and forces them to put more effort into coloring. As a consequence, better anti-stress results are provided.
This book is stunning. It is paperback and pocket-sized, so you can bring it with you anywhere you go. And finally – it helps. Its beautiful illustrations, sophisticated patterns and interesting artworks will allow you to feel free from all the anxiety and stress.
Buy it, carry it along with you, and enjoy feeling of calmness.
The Art Therapy Coloring book is as interesting as its title suggests. This anti-stress purpose book will make you focus onto working and making something beautiful and as a consequence will help you de-stress and relax. Coloring, doodling and drawing – all made to help you feel better. It is the easiest and most creative way to achieve such feeling. There are no rules or any kind of complicated instructions. Also, there is no need for expensive craft supplies. Scribble, shade and scrawl as you feel.
This 128-paged coloring book is all you need. It is good in quality and interesting. The printing is great, paper substantial and cover comes in both paper and hard back – depending on what user prefers.
9. Coloring For Adults Beautiful Mandala Patterns Coloring Book
As the current price suggests – this is the cheapest coloring book from all the other presented on this list. The reason is, however, quite obvious. It is not that all others are too expensive, or that this one is very affordable. It is all about size, as Coloring for Adults has only 44 pages, which makes it the smallest from the offer.
Containing numerous mandala patters, this book is created to provide a feeling of calmness and relaxation. Those pictures are printed on good-quality paper 8.5 x 11 inches large, so there is plenty space for work and expression of creativity.
Color them as you wish and you will be left with nice feelings and you own masterpiece worth hanging on the wall.
10. Color Me Happy: 100 Coloring Templates That Will Make You Smile
And finally, most expensive from the range and probably the most purchased one – Color Me Happy. Race Point Publishing House created a series of Color Me coloring books – all different in drawings and purpose. Color Me Calm was the one presented in the beginning and now it is time for “happy” edition. This particular one is the perfect way to step away from everyday chaos and let yourself enjoy in moments of calmness and happiness.
The authors of the book are art therapist Lucy Mucklow and artist Angela Porter. They created a simple and highly satisfying book for disconnecting from reality that makes as struggle every day. All templates are ordered according to theme in different chapters and there is 6 of them in total: Nature, Animals & Babies, Music, Food & Drink, Whimsical Imagery, Art & Architecture.
208 pages – 100 coloring templates – numerous smiles.
What else could you ask for?
Final Thoughts on Coloring Books for Adults
Coloring stress relief is highly popular and used these days. It seems to work perfectly and its effects are quite logical, if we can admit. Whenever you are focused onto something, you completely forget about problems and everyday worries. That is how anxiety coloring books work. You completely block every outside element and express yourself and your feelings through the colors. Achived feeling is great – it is relieving and pleasant.
Coloring relieves stress.
So try it on your own.
Choose one of the coloring books we presented here and let the magic begin.
No matter which one is your choice – all do the same job: they help you feel better.