Although it’s often thought of as an activity for children, anyone can enjoy coloring to unwind at the end of the day, even adults!

Coloring not only creates an opportunity to use your creativity to make something, but it also has extra therapeutic benefits like relieving stress and promoting mindfulness. Coloring can relax the brain and help you decompress after a stressful day.

 

The popularity of coloring with adults comes from its resemblance to art therapy, which has been used for many years and has proven to be successful in relieving stress. When coloring, the brain enters a type of meditative state, allowing individuals to de-focus on day-to-day stresses. With the proliferation of smart devices, a chance to unplug for a few hours provides a much-needed break.

 

So how can you reap the benefits of coloring? 

 

Start with the right supplies. In terms of coloring tools, there are a couple options. Pencils are great for shading and blending different colors easily. Make sure you get high-quality colored pencils like Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencils. They are great for blending and lay down rich pigments that will pop on coloring book pages.

 

 

Markers are a great option for beginner Prismacolor markers come in 200 vibrant colors. They’re perfect for artists of all skill levels, providing richly saturated color and smooth laydown. Staples has all the fine art supplies you need in stores and on Instacart.

 

 

Not an experienced artist? No problem. Try searching the internet for free coloring pages that you can print at home. Ensure you are selecting high-resolution pages to prevent ending up with a blurry finished product. Another option is to purchase an adult coloring book. They come in different themes and patterns, so you’ll never run out of inspiration! 

 

Now that you have your supplies, make sure to set aside time each day to reap the benefits of coloring. Remember your creations do not have to be perfect. The goal is to have fun and relax.

 

 

This article was written in partnership with Prismacolor