Memorized the lyrics to Twenty One Pilots’ “Stressed Out”? Try adult coloring books to reduce your stress.
Stress is something that is inevitable in life. As much as we try to avoid it, at some point you’re going to face a situation that will put pressure on you or make you feel overwhelmed and then you’ll have the chorus to Twenty One Pilots’ “Stressed Out” on repeat.
We all know some typical remedies: get more sleep, exercise, talk to someone, write it down, etc. Sometimes these work, but sometimes they don’t. What are you left to do then?
Well, now there’s a new tactic to counter stress: adult coloring books.
If you’re like me, perhaps you’re thinking, “What’s an ‘adult coloring book’? Shouldn’t it just be called a coloring book?”
The answer to that is yes and no.
Yes, it can be called just a coloring book because that’s inherently what it is: you flip through the pages and you color with whatever coloring tool of your choosing. But at the same time, no, an adult coloring book is not the same thing as a typical coloring book.
When you think of coloring books, you likely think of the coloring books that are aimed for children. Inside, the outlines depict adorable cartoon characters or portray images from the latest hit movies and TV shows. In waiting rooms or bedrooms, children color these simplistic designs and then maybe want you to showcase their artwork on the fridge or on the wall. At the end of the day, it’s something that is meant to briefly entertain children’s short attention spans, and they all serve that exact purpose.
Adult coloring books, on the other hand, greatly contrast children ones. For starters, they’re designed to appeal to adults.
That means no cute happy cartoons or simple outlines of clouds and trees – instead, adult coloring books are full of beautifully intricate designs.
The designs are particularly complex because they are aimed to relieve stress. By creating images with elaborate details, our fine motor skills and attention span become challenged, even with the most detail-oriented people.
As a result, you find yourself engrossed in the activity as you’re carefully coloring each little shape. You’re tapping into the creative side of your brain by choosing which pattern or colors to use, and then you’re tapping into the logical side of your brain by remaining diligently focused on your task.
As you can see from the above example, it would be easy to lose yourself in these complicated artworks. You get to see the time and dedication you spend on each artwork pay off with the vibrantly colored end result. While being aesthetically pleasing, you also get a satisfying feeling of accomplishment, and with this sensation you can begin to feel a little more control in your life, thus reducing your stress.
And that’s just the aftermath. In the process, you’re so engrossed in your task that any other worries aren’t at the forefront anymore. It’s almost like you’re transported to being a kid again, and reliving the stress-free environment that comes with it. It’s not just about coloring intricately detailed images, but the mindset it puts you in too.
The transformation is instantly apparent once you see people get absorbed with their coloring – and that reason alone is why adult coloring books deserve to be promoted and get the recognition they deserve.
Want to bring this stress reliever to business? Promotional adult coloring books are available for your next tradeshow, event, or team building outing.
Contact us today, and we’ll be happy to point you in the right direction.