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Color Me Calm

Updated on June 17, 2016
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Gina has been an art teacher for the last 15 years, having taught in the judicial system, in community art programs, as well as schools.

Ready! Set! Color!

Coloring is something we tend to associate with children....but coloring isn't just for kids anymore!

Focused meditation that relieves stress

Adults that immerse themselves in coloring for even just 30 minutes a day can constitute a focused meditation that reduces and relieves stress. Famed Psychotherapist, Carl Jung, long believed that coloring helps patients relieve anxiety.

Just like meditation, coloring also allows us to switch off our brains from other thoughts and focus only on the moment, helping to alleviate free-floating anxiety. It can be particularly effective for people who aren't comfortable with more creatively expressive forms of art.

Coloring uses both sides of the brain.

Coloring uses both sides of the brain and improves organizational and fine motor skills, while keeping you in a state of calm....not to mention they are pretty and help you to pass the time.

My canvas is a giant "coloring" page!

As a professional artist, painting is very much a part of my life...how I make a living.  As a lupus patient, it also helps me deal with the daily stresses of living with a chronic illness.
As a professional artist, painting is very much a part of my life...how I make a living. As a lupus patient, it also helps me deal with the daily stresses of living with a chronic illness. | Source

Sale of Adult coloring books setting a trend

Publishers Weekly reported combined sales of 1.75 million copies for the 10 bestselling adult coloring books through November 2015. I believe this trend has been years in the making from the days when parents colored with their kids and sometimes on their own.

Adults around the world are now joining adult coloring book clubs, have coloring parties and even take coloring breaks at work.



How to use both sides of your brain! Using the latest research on the workings of the human brain, Tony Buzan, one of the world's leading authorities on learnin

Use Both Sides of Your Brain: New Mind-Mapping Techniques, Third Edition (Plume)
Use Both Sides of Your Brain: New Mind-Mapping Techniques, Third Edition (Plume)

Tony Buzan is the author of the international bestseller The Mind Map Book. He lectures worldwide and is published in one hundred countries and in thirty languages. He advises multinational companies like HSBC, Oracle, Barclays International, and Hewlett-Packard; governments, leading businesses, educational groups, and international Olympic athletes.

 

Creative, portable and inexpensive!

Design is already on the page......
Design is already on the page......
All you need is to grab the colored pencils or crayons.
All you need is to grab the colored pencils or crayons.

Coloring is creative, portable and inexpensive.

Coloring is creative, portable and inexpensive. You never face a blank piece of paper because the image is already drawn for you. You just pick the colors. There is no stress about making mistakes.

Take a mental health day....and color!

A fairly simple adult coloring design....floral
A fairly simple adult coloring design....floral

Take a mental health day!

According to the American Art Therapy Association, art therapy is a mental health profession in which the process of making and creating artwork is used to "explore feelings, reconcile emotional conflicts, foster self-awareness, manage behavior and addictions, develop social skills, improve reality orientation, reduce anxiety and increase self-esteem." So basically, it's similar to good old therapy. Yet art therapy is not only about learning and improving yourself — it's a means of personal expression, too.

Color Me Calm: 100 Coloring Templates for Meditation and Relaxation (A Zen Coloring Book) Color Me Calm is a guided coloring book designed for harried adults.

Color Me Calm: 100 Coloring Templates for Meditation and Relaxation (A Zen Coloring Book)
Color Me Calm: 100 Coloring Templates for Meditation and Relaxation (A Zen Coloring Book)

Our lives become busier with each passing day, and as technology escalates, so does our access to work, obligations, and stress. Constant stimulation and expectation have left us burnt out and distanced from the present moment. "Now" has become something that happens online, not in the space and time that we physically occupy. Color Me Calm is a guided coloring book designed for harried adults. Art therapist Lacy Mucklow and artist Angela Porter offer up 100 coloring templates all designed to help you get coloring and get relaxed. Organized into seven therapeutically-themed chapters including Mandalas, Water Scenes, Wooded Scenes, Geometric Patterns, Flora & Fauna, Natural Patterns, and Spirituality - the book examines the benefits of putting pencil to paper and offers adults an opportunity to channel their anxiety into satisfying, creative accomplishment.

 

I need a mental health day!!!!!

Don't think you need a mental health day?

You know that coworker who always comes to the office when she has a cold? And you know how everyone insists she take a sick day, lest she make herself worse and infect the entire office (just days before the company holiday party, no less)?

Feeling mentally or emotionally down is no different — and it’s a legitimate reason to take a day off. “Think of taking a day to yourself like going to the gym. At the gym you’re working on maintaining physical benefits; when you take a mental health day, you’re taking time to recharge and balance out your emotional state,” says Brandon Smith, known as The Workplace Therapist.

“Beyond that, consider the benefits from a risk management standpoint. If we don’t take these days when we need them, it increases the probability that we lose our composure at work, at home or in some other setting. We might break down in tears at a meeting, chew out a coworker, or yell at a customer — all things that can damage the reputation of your brand, hurt your presence in the office, or even cost you your job,” he adds.

Art is for healing!

Art makes life a more pleasant experience!
Art makes life a more pleasant experience!

Popular themes

  • Animals
  • Jungle
  • Floral
  • Zen-inspired
  • Fish
  • Birds

Relaxing, yes, but don't use it as a substitute for seeing a licensed Therapist.

Coloring should not be used as a substitute for seeing a licensed Art therapist or Mental Health Professional.
Coloring should not be used as a substitute for seeing a licensed Art therapist or Mental Health Professional.

Coloring lets stressed-out adults feel like a kid again!

You don’t have to be an expert at the DIY project, or a painter or an artist to be able to color in one of these coloring books. You can just pick something you like that speaks to you and color it however you want it.

But above all else, coloring lets stressed-out adults feel like a kid again, and channel a worry-free lifestyle— at least for a little while.

However, coloring should not be used as a substitute for seeing a licensed therapist!

Art helps me deal with the stresses of living with a chronic illness.

This is a painting entitled "Fractured," painting during a time that I was dealing with a very heavy bout of depression.
This is a painting entitled "Fractured," painting during a time that I was dealing with a very heavy bout of depression. | Source

8 Best Adults Coloring Books 2016

Art is the stored honey of the human soul. LET IT FLOW!

Art is the stored honey of the human soul!
Art is the stored honey of the human soul!

Do you still indulge in that children's pastime?

Do you still indulge in that children's pastime?

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    • Gina Welds-Hulse profile imageAUTHOR

      Gina Welds Hulse 

      2 years ago from Rockledge, Florida

      It is, Lipnancy....and I'm hoping to add my designs pretty soon. :-)

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      Nancy Yager 

      2 years ago from Hamburg, New York

      This is actually a trend. If you search "adult coloring books" on amazon, there is quite a few.

    • Gina Welds-Hulse profile imageAUTHOR

      Gina Welds Hulse 

      2 years ago from Rockledge, Florida

      I love coloring, also. I also do a small sketch in full color before I create my final painting. Sometimes I have so much fun with the sketch, I just leave it there as a sketch.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      My granddaughter got me a coloring book for Christmas and a large box of the new coloring pencils and I love it. I believe anything you do and enjoy it is good for the mind. Thanks for the share.

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