How do you relax? After a full week’s worth of work and home responsibilities, we all need to chill out. Do you go out for a drink? Find a quiet space to read? Take a bath? Meditate? Become a vegetable on the couch in front of the television?
I have a few ways I like to get away from the stress of life, and one of them is reminiscent of an activity many people only do during their childhood. However, in the past couple of years, it’s made a comeback.
I’m talking about coloring!
I’ve enjoyed coloring as an adult for nearly a decade, but always had to rely on purchasing children’s books with Disney princesses or Winnie the Pooh characters. While that was generally okay, now there are dozens of coloring books specifically geared toward teenagers and adults. You can find books with pages filled with different designs and pictures that inspire a world of color.
While the children’s books are more suited for crayons or markers, adult coloring books have smaller spaces and skinnier lines, perfect for mature motor skills. While this is well and good, I really don’t like colored pencils. The tips dull quickly and easily, and sharpening creates a huge mess, and there’s a risk of breaking the pencil in the sharpener.
Then my mom discovered a revolutionary colored pencil by Crayola. They’re called Twistables, they’re mechanical, and they’re the the best. No sharpener needed, and they’re sturdy enough that the color inserts don’t break easily, yet you can get as much pigment as you’d like on the page. They’ve become my favorite tool for coloring, and I still haven’t used an entire pencil up.
Personally, I like to color either without distraction or with music playing in the background. The motions of the pencil moving in my hand, taking care as to not color outside the lines but keeping shading consistent, relaxes me and clears my head. I’d color for at least an hour, or until my hand started cramping.
It’s a great way to bring some peace and quiet to life, and if you haven’t colored since you were a child, I’d highly recommend trying it again years later. You may just be surprised!