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Zen Moment of the Day: Take a Coloring Break

Updated on June 16, 2014

Today’s Zen Moment of the Day is to take a coloring break. This is a calorie free, chemical free way to relax and unwind. Plus, it’s inexpensive and, unlike a coffee or tea break, won’t stain your teeth!

Coloring is definitely not just for kids. Coloring for adults can be a short or long activity—a quick break or a longer activity to get away from it all.

Coloring as a Mindful Activity

Coloring can also be a great exercise in mindfulness. Approach coloring slowly and carefully and try to stay relaxed.

Give your full attention to the activity—notice the colors of the crayons or pencils and look deeply at the lines on the coloring page. Slowly pick up a crayon or pencil and pay attention to your body’s movement. Once you are holding a drawing utensil, notice how it feels in your hand.

As you start drawing, pay attention to how coloring the paper feels. Does it make any sounds? Try to draw on all your senses. Slow the process down and be mindful of each step as it flows into the next step. Enjoy the process. And don’t worry about staying in the lines!

Coloring is an Easily Accessible Form of Relaxation

Coloring books, crayons, and colored pencils can be found at most dollar stores. Treat yourself to a new book and set of colors!

If you already have crayons and/or colored pencils, there are plenty of free coloring pages you can print at home. Some are designed specifically with adults in mind. Others might be targeted for kids, but there’s no reason you can’t use those, too—your inner child will thank you!

Keep in mind that colored pencils may work better than crayons for coloring pages designed for adults.

Check out the list to the right for a good place to start in finding free adult coloring pages.

There are also over 1,500 free coloring pages on Crayola's website and more coloring pages than you could color in a lifetime if you search the web for “free coloring pages.” Have fun and have relaxation!


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      Color zen 4 years ago

      Color zen

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      CJPositive Living 5 years ago from Central Valley, California

      Awesome! Just might have to give that a try!