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7 Amazing Coloring Books For Adults You Should Buy Right Now

7 Amazing Coloring Books For Adults You Should Buy Right Now

Get those pens, markers, and colored pencils ready! And if you don’t have any, go right out and get some. The adult coloring book craze is here, and you will definitely want in on it. Remember how you felt when coloring as a child? It was calming; it allowed you to experiment with colors and color combinations. As an adult, you can now do the same.

When you are stressed over an intense project. When you are in the midst of a boring project and need a break. When you need to calm yourself to get ready for bed. When you just need a quiet diversion, your coloring book is there. It’s great therapy, it’s fun, and it gets your creative juices going.

There are several adult coloring books that have hit Amazon’s top 20 list. One publisher, in fact, has sold over 3 million since the beginning of 2015. Here are 7 of the most creative coloring books for adults, so sharpen those colored pencils!

1. ColoringNotebook

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    ColoringNotebook is the “new kid on the block” in the world of adult coloring books. It is a new startup now taking pre-orders for hand-sewn, made-to-order notebooks with incredible coloring pages inside. The hardback cover is made from Japanese paper and covered in soft leather and you can choose blank, doted or lined paper for jotting notes.

    The coloring pages have been designed by graphic artists from all over the world and include animals, mandala, abstracts and patterns, as shown above. This happy combo of a coloring book and notebook will bring you hours of fun and mental relaxation!

    Pre-order price: $19.95

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    Regular price: $25.95

    2. Yellow Bird Indie Rock Coloring Book

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      If you haven’t visited the Yellow Bird website you should. The site is dedicated to supporting indie rock musicians – individuals and bands – primarily by T-shirt sales advertising the musicians and designed by great illustrators. Now, Yellow Bird has created both a coloring book and a coloring poster book, featuring some of the great designs from its illustrators. The poster book is unique, in that each poster is removable for framing (or not).  If you are into indie rock and/or music in general, you will love these designs and have great fun adding your personal touch by selecting your own palette of colors for each design.

      The story of Yellow Bird is inspiring in itself. Two college grads decided to set up a site to promote indie rock musicians and to support an array of charities at the same time. As the illustrators design the T-shirts, and now the coloring and poster books, the sales support both the site owners and the musicians. As well, each sale results in a donation to a charity of the musician’s choice.

      Indie Rock Coloring Book: 32 pages – $10.00

      Indie Rock Poster Coloring Book: 30 removable posters – $25.00

      3. Outside the Lines Coloring Book

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        Here are 256 pages of illustrations by true contemporary masters of cartooning, graphics, music, photography, street artistry, and animation. Assembled by author Souris Hony-Porretta, a blogger about arts and culture, Outside the Lines coloring book holds 256 pages of just phenomenal pictures, patterns, designs, cartoon characters, and more that will inspire your creative juices as you select just the right colors.

        What a great book to keep at the office, just for those times when you need a break from a really intense or boring project, or when everything is just “getting to you.” Or what a great way to “wind down” in the evening before going to bed. There is a lot to be said for art therapy for kids. Now you have your own art therapy without the cost of a therapist.

        Amazon Price $12.40

        4. The Sneaker Coloring Book

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          Have you ever shopped for tennis shoes and just not found what you wanted? Have you ever just wished you could design your own tennis shoe? Well, here’s the next best thing! The Sneaker Coloring Book has100 pages of every style and type of tennis shoe from every major manufacturer since 1916 – all ready for you to color, customize and design.

          And who knows? If you come up with something really cool, you could even submit it to a manufacturer for consideration. Each shoe is on its own page, with a side view, for full design. Let the unrequited designer and artist in you shine with this 216-page book.

          Retailer price: $19.95

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          5. The Art of Nature Coloring Book

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            Contemporary interior design is now re-inventing the look of nature, both in color schemes and in wall décor. Perhaps inspired by a growing concern for our environment people value scenes from nature, in both traditional form (scenery and still life floral designs), photography, and in newer more contemporary depictions of both land and water animal life. This has perhaps inspired Adams Media to create The Art of Nature coloring book of 60 illustrations for the adult artist in you.

            Each can be hued according to their color suggestions or according to your own creative flair. Several of them together would make a great wall grouping – they are simple, natural, and certainly versatile, just like nature. One of the best examples of the illustrations can be found on the book cover itself (shown above). Wonderful detail!

            Retailer price: $11.45

            6. Big Fashion Book

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              Minjee Kang is a South Korean fashion designer who has published several books of inspiring fashion designs. If you have always been passionate about fashion and like the idea of creating your own color palettes for clothing, accessories, make-up, and so forth, Big Fashion Book is a must for you! Pages and pages for coloring, and who knows? You might just be inspired to create some of your own design. You know the fashionista in you is dying to get your hands on this great adult coloring book!

              Retailer price: $16.00.

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              7. Thrill Murray

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                Who doesn’t love Bill Murray? What an actor/comedian legend! Some of the greatest comedies of all times (Groundhog Day, Caddyshack, Lost in Translation, Life Aquatic). Thrill Murray is a stunning coloring book for yourself and as gifts for all of your Bill Murray fan friends. Over 20 illustrators collaborated to create these 20 illustrations of Murray straight from the movies for which he is most known.

                If you don’t feel too creative, that’s okay too. As you can see by a sample page from the book – one half is colored by the illustrators, the other half in black and white for you to color. You can either copy the colored image or get creative and turn Bill Murray into what you want him to be!

                Retailer price: £5 (aprox. $7.68)

                Amazon price: $12.89

                Featured photo credit: Marianna Spiritakis via flickr.com

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                Last Updated on August 20, 2019

                How to Control Your Thoughts and Be the Master of Your Mind

                How to Control Your Thoughts and Be the Master of Your Mind

                Your mind is the most powerful tool you have for the creation of good in your life, but if not used correctly, can also be the most destructive force in your life.

                Your mind, more specifically, your thoughts, affect your perception and therefore, your interpretation of reality. (And here’s Why Your Perception Is Your Reality.)

                I have heard that the average person thinks around 70,000 thoughts a day. That’s a lot, especially if they are unproductive, self-abusive and just a general waste of energy.

                You can let your thoughts run amok, but why would you? It is your mind, your thoughts; isn’t it time to take your power back? Isn’t it time to take control?

                Choose to be the person who is actively, consciously thinking your thoughts. Become the master of your mind.

                When you change your thoughts, you will change your feelings as well, and you will also eliminate the triggers that set off those feelings. Both of these outcomes provide you with a greater level of peace in your mind.

                I currently have few thoughts that are not of my own choosing or a response from my reprogramming. I am the master of my mind, so now my mind is quite peaceful. Yours can be too!

                Who Is Thinking My Thoughts?

                Before you can become the master of your mind, you must recognize that you are currently at the mercy of several unwanted “squatters” living in your mind, and they are in charge of your thoughts. If you want to be the boss of them, you must know who they are and what their motivation is, and then you can take charge and evict them.

                Here are four of the “squatters” in your head that create the most unhealthy and unproductive thoughts:

                1. The Inner Critic

                This is your constant abuser who is often a conglomeration of:

                • Other people’s words; many times your parents.
                • Thoughts you have created based on your own or other peoples expectations.
                • Comparing yourself to other people, including those in the media.
                • The things you told yourself as a result of painful experiences such as betrayal and rejection. Your interpretation creates your self-doubt and self-blame, which are most likely undeserved in cases of rejection and betrayal.

                The Inner Critic is motivated by pain, low self-esteem, lack of self-acceptance and lack of self-love.

                Why else would this person abuse you? And since this person is actually you– why else would you abuse yourself? Why would you let anyone treat you this badly?

                2. The Worrier

                This person lives in the future; in the world of “what ifs.”

                The Worrier is motivated by fear which is often irrational and with no basis for it. Occasionally, this person is motivated by fear that what happened in the past will happen again.

                3. The Reactor or Trouble-Maker

                This is the one that triggers anger, frustration and pain. These triggers stem from unhealed wounds of the past. Any experience that is even closely related to a past wound will set him off.

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                This person can be set off by words or feelings, and can even be set off by sounds and smells.

                The Reactor has no real motivation and has poor impulse control and is run by past programming that no longer serves you, if it ever did.

                4. The Sleep Depriver

                This can be a combination of any number of different squatters including the inner planner, the rehasher, and the ruminator, along with the inner critic and the worrier.

                The Sleep Depriver’s motivation can be:

                • As a reaction to silence, which he fights against
                • Taking care of the business you neglected during the day
                • Self-doubt, low self-esteem, insecurity and generalized anxiety
                • As listed above for the inner critic and worrier

                How can you control these squatters?

                How to Master Your Mind

                You are the thinker and the observer of your thoughts. You must pay attention to your thoughts so you can identify “who” is running the show; this will determine which technique you will want to use.

                Begin each day with the intention of paying attention to your thoughts and catching yourself when you are thinking undesirable thoughts.

                There are two ways to control your thoughts:

                • Technique A – Interrupt and replace them
                • Technique B – Eliminate them altogether

                This second option is what is known as peace of mind!

                The technique of interrupting and replacing is a means of reprogramming your subconscious mind. Eventually, the replacement thoughts will become the “go to” thoughts in the applicable situations.

                Use Technique A with the Inner Critic and Worrier; and Technique B with the Reactor and Sleep Depriver.

                For the Inner Critic

                When you catch yourself thinking something negative about yourself (calling yourself names, disrespecting yourself, or berating yourself), interrupt it.

                You can yell (in your mind), “Stop! No!” or, “Enough! I’m in control now.” Then, whatever your negative thought was about yourself, replace it with an opposite or counter thought or an affirmation that begins with “I am.”

                For example, if your thought is, “I’m such a loser,” you can replace it with, “I am a Divine Creation of the Universal Spirit. I am a perfect spiritual being learning to master the human experience. I am a being of energy, light, and matter. I am magnificent, brilliant, and beautiful. I love and approve of myself just as I am.”

                You can also have a dialogue with yourself with the intention of discrediting the ‘voice’ that created the thought, if you know whose voice it is:

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                “Just because so-and-so said I was a loser doesn’t make it true. It was his or her opinion, not a statement of fact. Or maybe they were joking and I took it seriously because I’m insecure.”

                If you recognize that you have recurring self-critical thoughts, you can write out or pre-plan your counter thoughts or affirmation so you can be ready. This is the first squatter you should evict, forcefully, if necessary:

                • They rile up the Worrier.
                • The names you call yourself become triggers when called those names by others, so he also maintains the presence of the Reactor.
                • They are often present when you try to fall asleep so he perpetuates the Sleep Depriver.
                • They are a bully and is verbally and emotionally abusive.
                • They are the destroyer of self-esteem. They convince you that you’re not worthy. They’re a liar! In the interest of your self-worth, get them out!

                Eliminate your worst critic and you will also diminish the presence of the other three squatters.

                Replace them with your new best friends who support, encourage, and enhance your life. This is a presence you want in your mind.

                For the Worrier

                Prolonged anxiety is mentally, emotionally and physically unhealthy. It can have long-term health implications.

                Fear initiates the fight or flight response, creates worry in the mind and creates anxiety in the body.

                You should be able to recognize a “worry thought” immediately by how you feel. The physiological signs that the fight or flight response of fear has kicked in are:

                • Increased heart rate, blood pressure, or surge of adrenaline
                • Shallow breathing or breathlessness
                • Muscles tense

                Use the above stated method to interrupt any thought of worry and then replace it. But this time you will replace your thoughts of worry with thoughts of gratitude for the outcome you wish for.

                If you believe in a higher power, this is the time to engage with it. Here is an example:

                Instead of worrying about my loved ones traveling in bad weather, I say the following (I call it a prayer):

                “Thank you great spirit for watching over _______. Thank you for watching over his/her car and keeping it safe, road-worthy, and free of maintenance issues without warning. Thank you for surrounding him/her with only safe, conscientious, and alert drivers. And thank you for keeping him/her safe, conscientious, and alert.”

                Smile when you think about it or say it aloud, and phrase it in the present tense; both of these will help you feel it and possibly even start to believe it.

                If you can visualize what you are praying for, the visualization will enhance the feeling so you will increase the impact in your vibrational field.

                Now take a calming breath, slowly in through your nose, and slowly out through the mouth. Take as many as you like!

                Replacing fearful thoughts with gratitude will decrease reactionary behavior, taking the steam out of the Reactor.

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                For example:

                If your child gets lost in the mall, the typical parental reaction that follows the fearful thoughts when finding them is to yell at them.

                “I told you never to leave my sight.” This reaction just adds to the child’s fear level from being lost in the first place. Plus, it also teaches them that mom and/or dad will get mad when he or she makes a mistake, which may make them lie to you or not tell you things in the future.

                Change those fearful thoughts when they happen:

                “Thank You (your choice of Higher Power) for watching over my child and keeping him safe. Thank you for helping me find him soon.”

                Then, when you see your child after this thought process, your only reaction will be gratitude, and that seems like a better alternative for all people involved.

                For the Trouble-Maker, Reactor or Over-Reactor

                Permanently eliminating this squatter will take a bit more attention and reflection after the fact to identify and heal the causes of the triggers; but until then, you can prevent the Reactor from getting out of control by initiating conscious breathing as soon as you recognize his presence.

                The Reactor’s thoughts or feelings activate the fight or flight response just like with the Worrier. The physiological signs of his presence will be the same. With a little attention, you should be able to tell the difference between anxiety, anger, frustration, or pain:

                • Increased heart rate and blood pressure; surge of adrenaline
                • Shallow breathing or breathlessness
                • Muscles tension

                I’m sure you’ve heard the suggestion to count to ten when you get angry—well, you can make those ten seconds much more productive if you are breathing consciously during that time.

                Conscious breathing is as simple as it sounds; just be conscious of your breathing. Pay attention to the air going in and coming out.

                Breathe in through your nose:

                • Feel the air entering your nostrils.
                • Feel your lungs filling and expanding.
                • Focus on your belly rising.

                Breathe out through your nose:

                • Feel your lungs emptying.
                • Focus on your belly falling.
                • Feel the air exiting your nostrils.

                Do this for as long as you like. Leave the situation if you want. This gives the adrenaline time to normalize.

                Now you can address the situation with a calmer, more rational perspective and avoid damaging behavior.

                One of the troubles this squatter causes is that it adds to the sleep depriver’s issues. By evicting, or at least controlling the Reactor, you will decrease reactionary behavior, which will decrease the need for the rehashing and ruminating that may keep you from falling asleep.

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                Master your mind and stop the Reactor from bringing stress to you and your relationships!

                For the Sleep Depriver

                (They’re made up of the Inner Planner, the Rehasher and the Ruminator, along with the Inner Critic and the Worrier.)

                I was plagued with a very common problem: not being able to turn off my mind at bedtime. This inability prevented me from falling asleep and thus, getting a restful and restorative night’s sleep.

                Here’s how I mastered my mind and evicted the Sleep Depriver and all his cronies.

                1. I started by focusing on my breathing—paying attention to the rise and fall of my belly—but that didn’t keep the thoughts out for long. (Actually, I now start with checking my at-rest mouth position to keep me from clenching.)
                2. Then I came up with replacement strategy that eliminated uncontrolled thinking—imagining the word in while breathing in and thinking the word out when breathing out. I would (and do) elongate the word to match the length of my breath.

                When I catch myself thinking, I shift back to in, out. With this technique, I am still thinking, sort of, but the wheels are no longer spinning out of control. I am in control of my mind and I choose quiet.

                From the first time I tried this method I started to yawn after only a few cycles and am usually asleep within ten minutes.

                For really difficult nights, I add an increase of attention by holding my eyes in a looking-up position (Closed, of course!). Sometimes I try to look toward my third eye but that really hurts my eyes.

                If you have trouble falling asleep because you can’t shut off your mind, I strongly recommend you try this technique. I still use it every night. You can start sleeping better tonight!

                You can also use this technique any time you want to:

                • Fall back to sleep if you wake up too soon.
                • Shut down your thinking.
                • Calm your feelings.
                • Simply focus on the present moment. 

                The Bottom Line

                Your mind is a tool, and like any other tool, it can be used for constructive purposes or for destructive purposes.

                You can allow your mind to be occupied by unwanted, undesirable and destructive tenants, or you can choose desirable tenants like peace, gratitude, compassion, love, and joy.

                Your mind can become your best friend, your biggest supporter, and someone you can count on to be there and encourage you. The choice is yours!

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