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Here’s Why A Coloring Book Is The Best Gift For A Stressed Adult

Here’s Why A Coloring Book Is The Best Gift For A Stressed Adult

Are you looking for a way to relax or destress? Or, perhaps you are you looking for a fun and unique gift? If so, an adult-targeted coloring book may be just what you are looking for.

Why a coloring book for adults?

Coloring has been with most of us since childhood, but many of us as adults can rediscover the joy this hobby has to offer.

It all started in 2011, when a British publisher asked Johanna Basford to draw a children’s coloring book. Basford suggested that she should draw a coloring book aimed at adults instead, and she managed to convince her publisher.

The publisher ordered an initial print run for thirteen thousand copies of Secret Garden: An Inky Treasure Hunt and Coloring Book. Since its release, the book has sold over two million copies worldwide.

Currently, six of the top 20 selling books on Amazon are coloring books for adults. According to the Huffington Post, “The unlikely pastime for those of us who have successfully graduated from kindergarten has been gaining popularity of late, as an easy means to express oneself and de-stress along the way.”

The Benefits Of Coloring For Adults

For starters, The Guardian calls them “terribly therapeutic.”

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“I’ve heard from so many people ranging from lawyers, financial advisers, business owners and busy mums, all say the same thing: that colouring in helps them relax. Then there’s people who are recuperating from illness or dealing with a difficult time in their lives, they too find the calming, almost meditative effects of colouring is beneficial to them.” Johanna Bradford

Coloring has been shown reduce stress because many of the books use geometric shapes and soothing patterns to relieve anxiety. Marti Faist, an art therapist, told the Baltimore Sun, “When someone is coloring, their mind and body are operating in a more integrated way. It’s almost a meditative process.”

Marti is not alone. Carl Jung was a big fan of art therapy, and he used coloring as a relaxation technique back in the early 1900s. Jung himself used to draw and color mandalas, or spiritual geometric shapes, every morning. These same mandalas are the foundation of a lot of the most popular stress-relieving coloring books today.

Coloring Books To Help You Destress

Today, there’re hundreds of coloring books for adults to choose from. The choices range from meditative Mandalas to stress-relieving options like Color Me Stress-Free. I am sure that you can find a coloring book to match your interests. Here are five of the best-selling adult-targeted coloring books to help you relax and destress.

Anti-Stress Colouring Book for Adults

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Anti-Stress Adult Coloring Book

    This series of coloring books has a specific focus: to help you destress in a work environment. It has been so effective that several Australian companies have given this book to their employees.

    The Mindfulness Coloring Book: Anti-Stress Art Therapy for Busy People

    Mindfulness Coloring Adult Book

      This is a fun and unique pocket-sized coloring book designed to channel stress into relaxing, creative accomplishments. Mindful coloring is a simple, yet powerful, practice that combines the proven, time-honored tradition of thoughtful meditation with the growing popularity of adult coloring. It shows that any activity, done right, can be an exercise in mindfulness.

      Color Me Calm: 100 Coloring Templates for Meditation and Relaxation

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      Color Me Calm Adult Coloring Book

        Color Me Calm is a guided coloring book designed for stressed-out adults. It includes 100 coloring templates including Mandalas, water scenes, wooded scenes, geometric patterns, wildlife imagery, natural patterns, and spirituality-focussed templates — all designed to help you get coloring and get relaxed.

        Color Me Stress-Free: 100 Coloring Templates to Unplug and Unwind

        Color Me Stress Free

          This is the perfect book for stressed-out adults who want to become stress-free. It provides a simple and inexpensive way to relieve stress with its soothing images.

          The Big Book of Mandalas Coloring Book

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          Mandalas Coloring Book

            The Big Book of Mandalas provides tranquility and a creative release with 200 customizable mandala illustrations. As you color in each mandala, your focus will shift, allowing you to fully relax your mind. Whether you’re new to the practice or have been using mandalas for years, The Big Book of Mandalas will bring you inner calm and maximized creativity, one coloring page at a time.

            If you are looking for even more coloring books to help you relax, take a look at 17 Colouring Books That Every Grown-Up Needs, Adult Colouring Books: 17 Of Our Favourite Books, and The Best Coloring Books For Beginners. These lists will help you find the best coloring book to match your interests.

            Adult coloring is a fun and creative way to decompress from the stress of your day. Buy one for yourself, or buy two and give one to a friend and color together. It’s a fun hobby, and once you start you’ll find it difficult to put your colored pencils and markers down.

            Featured photo credit: Photomarathon: Patterns/Maxime De Ruyck via flickr.com

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            How to Spend More Quality Time with Your Partner

            How to Spend More Quality Time with Your Partner

            You see your partner every single day. They are the first person you talk to in the morning and the last person you kiss goodnight.

            But does seeing each other day in and day out equal a healthy relationship? Not necessarily.

            Spending quality time with your partner is the best way to ensure your relationship stays healthy and strong. This means going above and beyond sitting together while you watch Netflix or going out for the occasional dinner. You deserve more from your relationship – and so does your spouse!

            What does quality time mean? It means spending time with your spouse without interruption. It’s a chance for you to come together and talk. Communication will build emotional intimacy and trust.

            Quality time is also about expressing love in a physical way. Not sex, necessarily (but that’s great, too!) but through hand-holding, cuddling, caressing, and tickling. Studies show that these displays of affection will boost partner satisfaction.[1]

            So how do you spend quality time with your partner? Here are 13 relationship tips on making the most out of your time with your partner.

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            1. Recognize the Signs

            If you want a healthy relationship, you have to learn how to recognize the signs that you need to spend more quality time together.

            Some telltale signs include:

            • You’re always on your phones.
            • You value friendships or hobbies over quality time with your spouse.
            • You aren’t together during important events.
            • You are arguing more often or lack connection.
            • You don’t make plans or date nights.
            • You’re not happy.

            If you are experiencing any of these relationship symptoms, know that quality time together can reverse the negative effects of the signs above.

            2. Try New Things Together

            Have you ever wanted to learn how to play an instrument or speak another language? How about skydive or ballroom dance?

            Instead of viewing these as solo hobbies and interests, why not involve your partner?

            Trying new activities together builds healthy relationships because it encourages spouses to rely on one another for emotional and physical support.

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            Shared hobbies also promote marital friendship, and the Journal of Happiness Studies found that marital satisfaction was twice as high for couples who viewed each other as best friends.[2]

            3. Schedule in Tech-Free Time

            Your phone is a great way to listen to music, watch videos, and keep up-to-date with friends and family. But is your phone good for your relationship?

            Many couples phone snub, or ‘phub’, one another. Studies show that phubbing can lower relationship satisfaction and increase one’s chances of depression.[3]

            Reduce those chances by removing distractions when spending quality time together and showing your partner they have your full attention.

            4. Hit the Gym as a Couple

            One way you can spend more time together as a couple is by becoming workout partners. Studies show that couples are more likely to stay with their exercise routine if they work out together.[4] Couples also work out harder than they would solo. One study found that 95 percent of couples who work out together maintained weight loss compares to the 66 percent of singles who did.[5]

            Join a gym, do at-home couples’ workouts, try couples yoga, hit the hiking trails, or get your bikes out. No matter which way you choose to exercise, these healthy activities can promote a healthy relationship.

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            5. Cook Meals Together

            Pop open a bottle of wine or put some romantic music on while you get busy – in the kitchen, of course!

            One of the best relationship tips for spending quality time together when you both have busy schedules is to cook meals together.[6]

            Spice things up and try and prepare a four-course meal or a fancy French dish together. Not only is this a fun way to spend your time together, but it also promotes teamwork.

            If all goes well, you’ll have a romantic date night meal at home that you prepared with your four hands. And if the food didn’t turn out the way you’d hoped, you are guaranteed to have a laugh and create new memories together.

            6. Have a Regular Date Night

            Couples experience a greater sense of happiness and less stress when they are spending quality time together.[7] One of the biggest relationship tips for a healthy partnership is to include a date night in your weekly routine.

            The National Marriage Project found that having a weekly date night can make your relationship seem more exciting and helps prevent relationship boredom.[8] It also lowers the probability of divorce, improves your sex life, and increases healthy communication.

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            Some great ideas for what to do on your date night include:

            • Have a movie marathon – Gather up your favorite flicks and cuddle up on the couch.
            • Play games together – Cards, board games, video games, and other creative outlets are a fun way to spend quality time together.
            • Recreate your first date – Go back to that restaurant and order the same meal you did when you first got together. You can spice up your evening by pretending you’re strangers meeting for the first time and see how sexy the night gets.
            • Plan a weekend getaway – There’s nothing better than traveling with the one you love.
            • Dinner and a movie – A classic!
            • Try a new restaurant – Make it your mission to rate and try all of the Mexican restaurants/Irish pubs/Italian trattorias in your area.
            • Have a long sex session – Intimacy promotes the release of the oxytocin hormone which is responsible for a myriad of great feelings.[9]

            Here’re even more date night ideas for your reference: 50 Unique and Really Fun Date Ideas for Couples

            Final Thoughts

            The benefits of spending quality time together are endless. Here are just some of the ways it can contribute to a healthy relationship:

            • Improves emotional and physical intimacy
            • Lowers divorce rates
            • Improves communication
            • Reduces marital boredom
            • Bonds couples closer
            • Improves friendship
            • Boosts health
            • Reduces stress

            These are all excellent reasons to start making date night a regular part of your week.

            It’s easy to have a healthy relationship when you set aside dedicated time to share with your spouse. Try new things together, make your spouse your workout buddy, and look for innovative ways to be close and connected.

            These relationship tips will bring great benefits to your marriage.

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