The Surprising Childhood Pastime That Will Help You Relax

For Christmas, one of my best friends got a coloring book for adults and a 36-piece set of Pentel fine-point markers. She and I spent the first couple of days of the New Year in Palm Springs, and we passed most of our time watching movies, drinking martinis, and contemplating what color to use next on our beautifully intricate coloring book pages. Little did I know that we were part of a growing trend, which was chronicled in a recent Parade article. More and more adults have taken up coloring as a way to unwind, reduce stress, and recharge.

In the story, a psychologist explains the benefits of coloring: “It engages both sides of your brain in that it’s both creative and tactical. It’s impossible to worry about dinner or the laundry or anything else when your mind is completely engaged. With knitting or other crafts, you can watch TV or multitask, but coloring really requires you to be in the moment. And that makes it meditative.” Coloring is also pleasurable because you end up with a pretty piece of artwork—and a sense of accomplishment. I actually ripped the gorgeous turquoise peacock out of the book, framed it, and sent it as a thank-you gift to our hosts in Palm Springs.

Interested in trying out coloring? Dream Catcher: A Soul Bird's Journey by Christina Rose is the book that got me hooked.

Are you into coloring?