Meditation? It works for some. But for others the idea of sitting quietly with your own thoughts is more stressful than the thoughts themselves. The truth is, meditative practices can take many forms and you can find exactly what works for you.
Maybe it’s a yoga class, a luxurious massage or a sesh at the gym. But what do you do if none of those options are possible? Adult coloring books are a great meditative activity that can be done anywhere, anytime. All you need is a great set of images, a solid set of colored pencils and some quiet time. Note: we did not say any artistic skill is required — because it’s not!
Adult coloring books have been trending for a few years and for a good reason. They engage your mind and creativity while also providing a soothing, relaxing hands-on activity. Take one on a long flight to pass the time or share it with friends for a soothing group activity.
If you think coloring books are just for kids, it’s time to experience the new world of adult coloring books. Beautiful, intricate and fun, adult coloring books are about to become your new favorite way to spend an afternoon.
1. Creatively Calm Studios Adult Coloring Books
Choose from three soothing books in the Creatively Calm Studios Adult Coloring Books set, which includes animal, scenery and mandala themed books. Made with thick and sturdy paper, the books won’t bleed even when using markers and gel pens.
Pros: Customers get access to the Creatively Calm Coloring Club, which includes free bonus weekly images for a year.
Cons: The pages are double-sided, which can cause some bumps depending on the coloring instrument used.
2. Lost Ocean: An Inky Adventure and Coloring Book for Adults
The author of the bestselling Secret Garden and Enchanted Forest adult coloring books is back with Lost Ocean: An Inky Adventure and Coloring Book for Adults. Johanna Basford is the leader in adult coloring book art, with her intricate designs inspiring millions of adults to use coloring books as their latest de-stressing activity.
Pros: Lost Ocean includes pages that fold out to create extended pieces of art to color.
Cons: Many of the images have small and intricate areas that require fine tip coloring instruments.
3. Adult Coloring Book: Stress Relieving Animal Designs
From every part of the planet, this adult coloring book from MantraCraft delivers animals in all shapes and sizes for your coloring pleasure. With small, intricate details available for the experts, or wide swaths of open space for those looking to fully zone out, MantaCraft’s animal coloring book backs enough variety to satisfy everyone.
Pros: Boats 50 different animals at varying levels of coloring difficulty.
Cons: Some details can get pretty intricate, might not be suitable for users with bad eyesight.
4. Color Me Stress-Free (A Zen Coloring Book)
There’s no end to the sources of stress each one of us faces on a daily basis, and sometimes we need a way to unplug and ease our mind. This coloring book is specifically designed for stressed out adults looking to unwind with some creativity. It has different sections drawn for different stressors including work, relationships, finances, etc. If you’re looking to dial in to process a specific area of your life, this book has you covered.
Pros: Relaxing, beautiful drawings designed to help you unwind no matter what’s stressing you out.
Cons: Hand-drawn so some lines are asymmetrical.
5. Color Me Happy (A Zen Coloring Book)
Art therapist Lacy Mucklow and Angela Porter combined to create this coloring book focused on happiness designed for busy adults. It’s packed with over 100 joyful images split up into different sections to help you transform anxiety and stress into happy creative accomplishment.
Pros: Beautiful images, high-quality paper that can hold colored pencil and pen ink.
Cons: Book cannot lay flat due to its size.
6. The Mindfulness Coloring Book: Anti-Stress Art Therapy for Busy People
This #1 National Bestseller is a pocket-size coloring book designed to help you relax and find calm on the go. Take it on your next long train or plane ride to pass the time mindfully through 70 intricate designs. Combine the power of meditation with creative action using this anti-stress coloring book.
Pros: Small size makes it easy to carry everywhere.
Cons: Binding is a little tight making coloring near the spine difficult.