Stress Free Adult Coloring Books!

adult coloring booksWe have a nice selection of adult coloring books available at Alphabet Soup, in response to the fact that coloring books for adults have become very popular. Currently we have Doodle Designs, Floral Designs, Mandala Designs and Celtic Designs, and we’re sure to add new ones to our available selections.

Adult coloring books have become so popular that people who take up this hobby may refer to themselves as colorists. You won’t find that definition in Merriam Webster, and you wouldn’t want and adult coloring book hobbyist to color your hair, but you may find exploring this new hobby very rewarding.

Typically adults use pencils or pens, instead of crayons, to flesh out the coloring book designs. Many adult coloring books contain elaborate and intricate images that would be less suited to crayon use, but some people may prefer to work with crayons or a combination of tools. Regardless how you choose to color the design, most adult coloring book aficionados find the activity  enjoyable and it is seen as a great stress reliever. Why?

“First of all, it’s a memory from childhood,” said Kansas City psychologist Marilyn Metzl. “We did it when we were young, so it’s like comfort food, when you’re stressed you eat momma’s mashed potatoes.” Credits: The new stress reliever? Adult coloring books – KSHB

The health benefits go beyond relaxation, and include exercising fine motor skills and training the brain to focus.

Doctors have known about these benefits since the early 1900s. Psychiatrist Carl Jung, the founder of analytical psychology, prescribed coloring to his patients to calm and center their minds. Doctors today continue to follow Jung’s lead and still recommend the activity to combat anxiety.

The fact that coloring is structured activates the logic part of the brain, and generates a creative mindset, said New York-based clinical psychologist Dr. Ben Michaelis

Credits: Health benefits of coloring books attracting adults to childhood pastime – Fox News

So you no longer have to be a child to enjoy coloring books. Whether you enjoy adult coloring books as a solo activity or a social activity, you’ll find many adults to share this new hobby with today.  There are coloring clubs and coloring parties where you join other adults to color and sip some wine.

Jason Keyser, 42, a stay-at-home dad from a suburb of Sacramento, Calif., picked up the hobby a year ago in a program to help him with anxiety and depression after a friend died. “I’ve been doing it ever since,” said Keyser, who placed third in a coloring contest for a picture he completed from Dover’s “Asian Tattoo Designs.” Credits: Calm and trendy: Adult coloring books are selling like crazy –Richmond Times Dispatch

Once a month, Heidi Johnson, a member of the Ladies Coloring Club in New Hope, Minnesota, finds herself unwinding with the group when they meet for cocktails and coloring. And there’s no need to worry about staying in the lines, Johnson said. Credits: Health benefits of coloring books attracting adults to childhood pastime – Fox News

In addition to evening and daytime clubs, there are co-worker groups, and even some businesses that are using the activity to help workers unwind and relieve stress. Coloring, no matter how or where you do it, is an activity you can do with all age groups and in a variety of settings. No wonder it is growing in popularity. If you can’t find a local group to join, come into Alphabet Soup pick up a couple of coloring books and start you own club. If you already have a club be sure to stop into Alphabet Soup and drop off a flyer so we can tell our patrons about it!

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