Coloring is no longer just for kids these days. In fact, adult coloring books seem to be the latest wellness and relaxation trend that helps people find happiness between the lines. Researchers and art therapists have lauded the benefits of coloring for over a decade, but only recently did publishers and childhood favorite brands like Crayola start producing adult coloring books. Coloring has gotten some serious grown-up attention. National Coloring Book Day (Aug. 2) helps us relive our childhood playdates and discover new health and wellness benefits. Ever wanted to paint the town red? Or maybe purple, blue or even rainbow perhaps? Well, now's your chance, so break out those coloring books and indulge in some colorful fun!
Why We Love National Coloring Book Day
A. You Feel Like a Kid Again
Just think back to when you were a kid, filling page after page with colorful scribbling, only updated to reflect your much-improved motor and attention skills and worldly experiences. Doesn’t it sound nice to take a leisurely hour sipping a cup of coffee and getting blissfully lost in a sea of boundless imagination?
B. We Find Solace Between the Lines
Engaging in self-care is important, and coloring is a restorative exercise. Coloring allows us to push other thoughts out of our head and focus on a simple task, which alleviates any free-floating anxiety. It’s like therapy without being therapy.
C. Anyone Can Color Their Way to Bliss
Coloring is a no-pressure, judgement-free activity. In fact, it’s one of the few activities that does not come with any expectations and allows you creative freedom. Anyone, whether they’re a child, an established artist, or just someone looking for fun, can color and enjoy the vibrant benefits.
How to Celebrate National Coloring Book Day
1. Host a Coloring Book Party
Gather some friends and make an afternoon or evening of coloring, for a childhood playdate turned into adult party. Who knows, maybe it’ll become the next best happy hour activity!
2. Indulge in Coloring Supplies
Ever dreamed about that giant box of Crayola crayons as a kid? Or an endless supply of markers to color the entire rainbow? Take your tools up a notch to make your childhood dreams come true and color your way to happy.
3. Set Aside Some Coloring ‘Me’ Time
Sometimes art therapy is going to be more effective coloring solo. Treat yourself and set aside that extra hour for your own time of introspective mindfulness. For those who were always searching for chill time, coloring books could be the golden ticket.