5 Reasons to Get an Adult Coloring Book

What are the benefits of adulting coloring books? What's with the craze on coloring books for adults? - Millennial blogger

 

Adulting really f*cking sucks sometimes. Seriously, there’s bills, laundry, errands… blech.

I actually ate grilled cheese all day (literally breakfast, lunch, and dinner) for 4 days straight a few months ago because I just couldn’t adult that week.

So lately I keep seeing this crazy trend about adult coloring books on-line and in major retailers like Urban Outfitters, Target, and Michael’s. I kept thinking to myself, what the heck is the deal with adult coloring books? Who actually would want to sit around and color pictures of the little mermaid like we are five years old again?

And then I saw this…

Seriously, could there be any more of a perfect adult coloring book? They sent me one to color and one to give away! So why the heck should you want an adult coloring book?

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My masterpiece in progress!

1. Coloring actually de-stresses you! Seriously this is for real! Literally based on real science here:  According to clinical psychology, Dr. Ben Michaelis, coloring is a “centering activity, the amygdala, which is the part of the brain that is involved with our fear response, actually gets a little bit of rest”.

 

 
 

 

2. Coloring is doctor prescribed! When I used to work as a therapist in treatment facilities, I always thought we had patients color mandala’s because we were understaffed or too tired to run a process group, turns out it’s actually backed by science! Apparently the father of analytical psychology, Carl Jung, used to prescribe it to patients and many doctors continue to prescribe it to help combat anxiety in patients! The counselor in me is totally geeking out over this!

 
 

 

3. You’ll be more organized, focused, and ready to problem solve! According to this Washington Times Article, Leslie Marshall, clinical counselor reports coloring opens up the frontal lobe of your brain, which is home to organization and problem solving – thus focusing the brain.

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4. Boosts self-awareness! As adults, we’ve built up a lot of ways to protect ourselves from getting hurt by the big bad world. Coloring can actually be a sneaky peak into our own complex minds according to this Huffington Post article and psychologist Antoni Martínez, who says “We can use it to enter into a more creative, freer state,” he assures. We can also use it to connect with how we feel since depending on our mood we choose different colors or intensity. “I myself have practiced that. I recommend it in a quiet environment, even with chill music. Let the color and the lines flow.” Which leads us too…

5. It’s self-expression! Seriously you get to choose the rules! F*ck everybody and everything and do you!

 
 

 

You can color the Little Mermaid if you want or you can color the “You Can Do Whatever The Fuckety Fuck You Want” coloring book! I seriously love it!


THE WINNER OF THE GIVEAWAY IS @Shara_Woodlee!!


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  • Becky Ginther
    July 7, 2016 at 3:47 pm

    Ha, I love that! I have some friends who are into adult coloring and I think they would really get a kick out of it.

    • Rachel Ritlop
      July 14, 2016 at 7:25 pm

      lol I hope they enjoyed!

  • Angela Wiebe
    July 7, 2016 at 4:15 pm

    Oh gosh I love the trend of adult coloring!! I have five books already otherwise I would entire! But this is a great giveaway idea!!

  • Cara Owens
    July 7, 2016 at 5:46 pm

    Haha love this! Anything to help us adults relax is great in my book!

  • Terryn Winfield
    July 7, 2016 at 5:59 pm

    Are you serious? Lol, I have seen these everywhere and had no idea of all those benefits! You’ve convinced me, now I have to get one. Thank you!

  • Casey Oakley
    July 7, 2016 at 7:43 pm

    I keep seeing the adult coloring books and secretly want to try it! Is it bad that I keep telling myself "You don’t have time to color!!!!" I bought my daughter a mandalas coloring book though (she’s 6) , thinking maybe – just maybe – I’d borrow it and give it a go. Your adult coloring book is hilarious though – waaaay better than mermaids:)

    • Rachel Ritlop
      July 14, 2016 at 7:26 pm

      lol thanks Casey! Definitely not one for the kiddos 😉

  • Jamie Rinderle
    July 8, 2016 at 12:03 am

    I started coloring more when I went on vacation this past week and it really did destress me (not that I was stressed on vacation) and made me feel simply happy. It was so fun!

    • Rachel Ritlop
      July 14, 2016 at 7:26 pm

      That’s the PERFECT description, "simply happy" – that’s totally it!

  • Amanda Kushner
    July 8, 2016 at 12:19 am

    OH MY GOODNESS I love that "You Are Majestic A F" one! So funny. I’ve joked about starting a needlepointing business where I make throw pillows with phrases like that… would be way too funny.
    XO Amanda | http://www.glitterandspice.com

    • Rachel Ritlop
      July 14, 2016 at 7:26 pm

      haha me too! You SHOULD!! That would be so amazing!

  • Shann Eva
    July 8, 2016 at 2:40 am

    That is one awesome coloring book. I often color with my kids, and it really does relax me. It’d be nice to have a book of my own!

  • Emma and JW
    July 8, 2016 at 3:01 am

    Adult coloring books are so my jam right now. I have some beautiful ones with super intricate patterns but none that crack me up like this one. I need it! Thanks for the opportunity to enter this giveaway.

    • Rachel Ritlop
      July 14, 2016 at 7:24 pm

      Thanks for entering Emma!

  • Rebecca VanDeMark
    July 8, 2016 at 2:07 pm

    SO fun!! I was just gifted a color book and am loving it!! 🙂 Thank you for sharing!!

  • Adriana Renee
    July 8, 2016 at 2:33 pm

    Adult coloring books needed to happen so long ago! They’re so fun!

  • Trish R
    July 8, 2016 at 2:46 pm

    I have a couple of adult coloring books and really love them. I often listen to music that relaxes me (oldies!) and color at night when I need to unwind. I find it is a great de-stresser at bedtime.

  • Lindsey Aleson
    July 8, 2016 at 3:39 pm

    I almost buy one every single time I am at the store. I need to get one!

  • Candice Nikeia Weatherspoon
    July 8, 2016 at 4:17 pm

    This is so fun! I have several adult coloring books. It really keeps me calm and happy! I must check out these soon!

    xoxo, Candice
    http://www.candicenikeia.com

  • Susannah Kellogg
    July 8, 2016 at 6:46 pm

    Haha. That coloring book is just a little too much. 😉

  • Courtney Drew
    July 8, 2016 at 7:07 pm

    I have two adult coloring books and I love them! They truly do de-stress you and make the work week a little bit more bearable.

    xo CourtneyDrew

  • Greta Hollar
    July 8, 2016 at 7:17 pm

    Coloring is amazing with a glass of wine. Adulting at it’s finest!

    Greta | http://www.gretahollar.com

  • Rachel Golden
    July 8, 2016 at 7:58 pm

    This is so amazing!! My mom bought me a coloring book for Christmas and I love taking time to color in it. I love how adult this one in particular is! hahahha

  • Michelle Mink
    July 8, 2016 at 11:07 pm

    I’m not a big fan of coloring but some of the books look really cute. I am shocked by how popular adult coloring books are becoming.

    • Rachel Ritlop
      July 14, 2016 at 7:23 pm

      So was I… until I tried it lol

  • Sarah Hartland
    July 9, 2016 at 5:37 pm

    Haha what a funny coloring book. I find I keep being drawn to the display at B&N.

  • Caroline Moses
    July 11, 2016 at 6:22 am

    Oh my goodness! I was just looking up funny adult coloring books on Amazon last night! This one is perfect!! Fingers crossed I win haha!!

    • Rachel Ritlop
      July 14, 2016 at 7:25 pm

      Thanks for entering Caroline!

  • Kristin Cook
    July 11, 2016 at 11:14 am

    I think adult coloring books are cool! I have a couple of really pretty ones, but I never take the time to use them.

    • Rachel Ritlop
      July 14, 2016 at 7:22 pm

      Girl make the time! even the smell of the crayons brought a smile to my face!

  • Laura Malone
    July 11, 2016 at 1:27 pm

    I love my adult colouring books (and also my Harry Potter one, which is adult level difficulty with scenes from the movie!) but the one you have is WAY funnier than mine.

    I may or may not have had a cup of coffee yesterday morning and coloured on my balcony. it was awesome

    xxox
    Laura @ http://www.cookwineandthinker.com

    • Rachel Ritlop
      July 14, 2016 at 7:22 pm

      Haha I think I would love the harry potter one!!

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