5 Reasons to Get an Adult Coloring Book

5 benefits of 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!!


 

38 thoughts on “5 Reasons to Get an Adult Coloring Book”

  1. 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.

  2. 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!!

  3. Terryn Winfield

    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!

  4. 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:)

  5. Jamie Rinderle

    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!

  6. Amanda Kushner

    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

  7. 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!

  8. 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.

  9. Rebecca VanDeMark

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

  10. 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.

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. 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.

  14. Sarah Hartland

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

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