It’s no secret that the coloring book has made a comeback in the adult world. They’re the latest trend, flooding the displays at bookstores and your local Target. You can find them just about anywhere online.
But what are they really doing for us? Loads!
While coloring books aren’t exactly the grand fix for all things stress and anxiety, they do reduce them by calming the amygdala–the part of your brain that responds to stress and fear. It does this while also nourishing the area of your brain that fosters creativity and logic. Coloring is also a great social activity that can be done with friends and family as you simultaneously catch up or chill to an episode of Stranger Things. The art can be done anytime, anywhere. Even just five minutes of this activity has been shown to provide the same effects as meditation. I can vouch for this, as I’m a person who has trouble turning off my mind to refresh and connect. Coloring allows me to achieve the active concentration I need to relax and disconnect.
So which coloring book is best for you? Well, there’s so many to choose from. It’s really a matter of preference. You know, what you connect to. Do you feel stimulated creatively by secret gardens and enchanted forests? Does coloring bouffants and flowered crowns make you happy? Maybe landscapes can bring you zen moments. It all varies–but one of the most fun and cool concepts by far is this Classic Albums Coloring Book by Mark Young.
With The Beatles’ iconic Abbey Road photo on its cover, the blank coloring pages of the book also include album covers from: The Beastie Boys, Frank Zappa, The Rolling Stones, De La Soul, Nirvana, Bob Dylan, Stevie Wonder, Duran Duran, Bruce Springsteen, Pink Floyd, The Eagles and more.
Sounds pretty legit. I’ve always wanted to color Bruce Springsteen’s classic blue jeans into a paisley pattern. To cop your own copy of the Classic Albums Coloring Book, click here.