Coloring is not just for kids. Many experts promote the stress-relieving benefits of adult coloring books, as they can help to take the mind off day-to-day worries and anxieties. Our beautiful and eclectic selection has something for every taste.
We all have busy lives, but wouldn't it be nice to spend some time relieving that stress and business with some coloring? To help you find the time, we made a list of times and situations that you could try your hand at some therapeutic coloring to stay chill.
On the phone. The next time you're on the phone with your mother, distract yourself from her longwinded complaints about her back and the overly detailed update about that family drama between your uncles with some coloring. Better yet, stop that stress at its source and send your mother a coloring book too. Maybe even suggest you color together for some authentic bonding time. This one also works for the next time you're on the phone with your mother-in-law while she's planning her next visit to your home: just take a deep breath, color, and remember that there's at least one place in your life in which you can find colorful peace.
In the waiting room. Bring your adult coloring book to your next doctor appointment and work on it in the waiting room. Maybe the receptionists will give you funny looks, but I promise they've seen weirder things, and plus, your doctor might give you bonus points for your newfound therapeutic relief.
In the subway. Like the above point, but in the subway. If you take the subway often, then you definitely know people have seen weirder things than your adult coloring, so color proudly. Avoid choosing particularly intricate images to color while on the subway, because you may have a hard time staying in the lines with all of the subway's bumps and jolts.
While on hold with your insurance company. I don't know about you, but I spend a lot of time on hold with my insurance company, and what better time to color? Try coloring to the rhythm of the hold music as you battle the worst of bureaucracies. If you finish coloring a whole page before you get taken off of hold, you can mention that in your formal complaint to the company, or when describing the terrible experience of how you were on hold forever to your friends.
While watching TV. Make watching TV a slightly more engaging activity by coloring at the same time! Not only will you face the wonderful challenge of multitasking, but you'll also have the challenge of following along with whatever you're watching primarily by listening while your eyes are elsewhere. Or, for a very different challenge, try coloring while keeping your eyes engaged with the TV and see what happens. You might be able to guess that it won't be pretty.
While babysitting. Show the kids you're babysitting that you're a kid at heart by bringing your adult coloring book to your babysitting session. This way, you won't have to pretend to enjoy coloring their really easy coloring books with them, and instead can actually enjoy something a little bit harder. Coloring with the kids will make you seem relatable in a way that could make the babysitting session a little bit easier, but we can't guarantee it. Of course, it could also have the adverse effect of causing them to mock you for being a grownup who colors, and because we all know how brutally honest kids are, it might sting.
In the bath. If you really want to kick the relaxation up a notch, bring your coloring book with you the next time you get ready for a long, soothing bath. By doubling down on the relaxation, you can be confident that your stress-relieving attempts will be effective. Just be careful not to drop the coloring book into that soapy water, or all your hard coloring work will go to waste!
When stuck in traffic. Only if you're not driving, obviously. Traffic is almost definitely the most stressful experience that most of us encounter on a regular basis, so you'd best relieve the stress with some coloring. Be mindful of the stop-and-go jerkiness that might throw off your coloring, or alternately, consider it an abstract approach.
Before a big date. There's nothing more anxiety producing than waiting around before a date that you're nervous about, so take your mind off things by sitting down with your coloring book. If the date goes really well, maybe you'll even have the opportunity to show them what you colored later on. Just don't mention it until you're sure they really like you.
After a fight with your significant other. Nothing says cool-down like a coloring book after a big fight. This one's pretty self explanatory, but if your significant other sees you coloring, just make sure it looks like sad coloring. If you're gleefully coloring in those pictures before you've resolved things, you might send the wrong message.
On the toilet. Throw out the pile of magazines that's been sitting by your toilet for the last year and replace them with a couple of coloring books. Brilliant, I know.
When drunk with friends. Doesn't this sound like a ton of fun? Just be sure to promise to yourself beforehand that you won't revisit kindergarten by shedding tears over the crayon you were going to use until your friend took it and then accidentally broke it. No tears allowed, only fun.
During your social media hiatus. The next time you swear off of all social media, fill the void in your time with coloring. If things go well, you'll realize all the coloring you've been missing out on and will never return to the time-sucking evils of social media. Wouldn't that be nice?
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