This Adult-Friendly Coloring Book Will Sway Your Stress Away

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.

What are your favorite coloring book themes? Talk with us in the comments or on Twitter: @vashtiedotcom and @tatixtia.


When she's not getting lost in fantastical worlds with the fictional characters she writes, Tia tends to lead something of a normal life. She enjoys the hours of her day by sifting through comics at her local comic book shop, blogging as a pop culture analyst, writing multicultural fantasy, watching "Tangled" and One Direction videos on repeat with her toddler, playing air guitar to Thin Lizzy, connecting life with '90s film quotes and finding new ways to sneak a bite of pizza when she knows she shouldn't. You can find her tweeting here and there, @tatixtia.

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