Coloring Isn't Just for Kids!

I’ve always been a doodler. In large meetings, on conference calls or in waiting rooms, I often find myself doodling on any nearby paper. I especially like to color in shapes or bubble letters. It helps me think and it looks pretty when finished. Turns out coloring isn’t just for kids!

Last Christmas I decided it would be fun to have a few coloring books to take my doodling up a notch! I love geometric shapes so I requested a few books and colored pencils and began coloring away.

 {Coloring book page colored by me!}

{Coloring book page colored by me!}

Selecting the colors for a page is half the fun. Watching the patterns come to life by combining the colors on the page is the best part. One page was inspired by the colors on my daughter’s pajama pants.

It turns out that adult coloring is all the rage (it’s not just me!). I’ve read countless articles about the therapeutic benefits of coloring.

 {Coloring book page colored by me!}

{Coloring book page colored by me!}

According to this article in the Huffington Post, psychologist Gloria Martínez Ayala has this to say about the benefits of coloring, “In simplest terms, coloring has a de-stressing effect because when we focus on a particular activity, we focus on it and not on our worries. But it also “brings out our imagination and takes us back to our childhood, a period in which we most certainly had a lot less stress.” This leads us immediately and unconsciously to welfare, exposes the specialist.”

Here are a few coloring books that I love:

COLORTWIST — Purple Coloring Book

Deco Tech: Geometric Coloring Book

If you loved to color as a kid you’re in luck — turns out coloring is healthy and fun for all ages! Do you have a favorite coloring book you’d like to share? Please leave a comment below with the title — I’d love some new sources!

April Pardoe