In our busy, crazy world, we all need something to help us relax, wind down, and find that peace and balance we so desperately need to meet the demands of our day with grace and strength.
That's exactly why I make coloring books.
Adult coloring books can help many people achieve mindfulness, meditation, experience flow, replace negative thoughts with positive, reduce anxiety, de-stress, and find balance and calm.
What's really exciting, though, is how coloring can change your brain. That's why I call it yoga for the mind. If you get in the zone while you're coloring, then over time you will probably experience these benefits:
The first goal is to approach your coloring as mindful meditation. This means experiencing coloring in the moment; the past and the future are gone, and you are focusing on what colors you are going to choose, the feel of the pen, marker or pencil on the page, and how you are putting color on the page. Other thoughts will wander through your mind, and that's okay. Accept those thoughts non-judgmentally and let them go on their way.
If you are a perfectionist, it can be pretty hard to be nonjudgmental about your coloring. That's okay, too. Just remind yourself that this is an experiment, and you can always print out another copy of your coloring page from the complimentary pdf I provide with each book.
The second goal is to color for about 30 minutes each day. You can color for 30 minutes in one session, or you can snatch minutes to color throughout the day. I'd recommend trying both to see what works best for you. Also, try coloring at different times throughout the day. Some people find it more beneficial if they color first thing in the morning, some people like coloring right before bed, and every time in between.
The third goal is to practice your coloring as mindful meditation for 8 weeks. A study from Harvard found that many of the benefits listed above were apparent after just eight weeks of mindful meditation.