Self-Care Challenge (Day 165): Coloring

On day 165 of my 366-day self-care challenge, I explored coloring as a stress reliever.

Coloring isn’t just for kids anymore; adults have demanded their art supplies too.

On Sunday, my mother-in-law and I enjoyed a quiet afternoon coloring and talking while we sipped iced tea and soaked up some sun in the front yard. It was such a peaceful way to end the weekend, and a great way to spend some time together.

In college, I remember breaking out my coloring books and crayons when I felt the periodic surge of stress. It was a fun way to quiet my worries, but I’ve since enjoyed coloring for no particular reason at all. It’s just fun.

The adult coloring book market has made quite a scene in recent months. Local bookstores – and even grocery stores – have entire shelves devoted to a wide variety of themed designs. Some enthusiasts have even taken it a step further, devoting entire walls of their homes to coloring book art.

Art is a form of self-care, and fortunately there are endless forms of art to choose from. It just so happens that coloring is one of the cheapest and easiest. It doesn’t require a lot of concentration to color within the lines, which makes it easy to carry on a conversation with someone while you’re doing it.

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