Relieving Stress With Adult Coloring Books

Few things are better for relieving stress than coloring. I’m not talking about creating beautiful art; I mean putting Crayola colored pencils to paper and trying to stay within the lines (or not) of a design that has already been drawn. Whether you like to color in silence or while watching TV or listening to music or an audiobook, the act of choosing colors and moving a pencil across a page is a great way to take your mind off the dozen large and small things that are stressing you out. And when you finish a page, you get the satisfaction of having completed something that probably looks pretty cool. There’s literally no way to color something wrong; go ahead and make those trees orange!

I’m pretty psyched that adult coloring books have become popular recently, and I was delighted to receive a copy of The Artful Mandala Coloring Book by Cher Kauffman from Countryman Press.

The designs in this coloring book range from mandalas to florals to abstract doodlings. It has everything from intricate, detailed images to designs that are large and loose. There are designs for every mood and comfort level. I’ve really been enjoying working my way through this book at random, and every time I flip through it, new designs jump out at me.


The publisher also sent me two sample pages to share! Feel free to print them out and color away!

mandala1 mandala2

Do you have a favorite coloring book?

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16 thoughts on “Relieving Stress With Adult Coloring Books

  1. I might have to print these babies out and see what the fuss is about. I’m not good at coloring so I’m unsure about dropping money on them, but what a nice way to sample.

  2. Thanks for sharing. My mother is struggling through some memory loss issues and mobility issues, I think she will really enjoy one these coloring books. Her days are mostly filled with staring at the television, and this activity will break up some of the monotony.

  3. Friday of BEA I was a bit timid about mentioning to you & Kerry that I wanted to go pick up a coloring book, I felt silly! And now coloring has exploded – I love it! This looks like a great one as well. They are so relaxing and wonderful to pair with an audiobook – perfect for readers! 😀

  4. My IG and Twitter feeds have been flooded with adult coloring book pages lately, and it’s made me want to hop on the bandwagon! I ended up buying Crayola pencils and a Star Wars coloring book at the dollar store this weekend, because I think I need to graduate to the adult versions. Maybe printing these sample pages will be a good bridge for me! Thanks for sharing them. 🙂

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