For a sorority alumna, I have a surprising lack of artistic ability. I have a great many talents, but I long ago accepted that anything artsy was just not among them. When I was in school, I always felt bad for the sister who was the recipient of my attempts at crafting, with gobs of glitter and smeared paint. Now, I look at all of those cool things on Pinterest and know that even trying is a complete waste of time that will just result in about five glue gun burns and my stressing the hell out. But there is one, just one, art activity that I was always able to have moderate success at – coloring. It probably has something to do with my OCD tendencies, but I always found coloring between the lines rather soothing. And it turns out that I’m not the only one, because apparently coloring is the new trend in relaxation for adults.
“The popularity of coloring books right now is part of that larger movement to break away from the hustle and bustle of life and sort of the internet you know this urge to constantly look at our phone or our computer or check our email,” coloring book creator Lisa Congdon told NBC News. Congdon isn’t overselling the popularity of adult coloring; an adult coloring book, Johanna Basford’s “Secret Garden,” is currently in the top 10 on Amazon’s Best Seller List.
The adult coloring movement has become so popular that people are now hosting “coloring parties”, where grown-ass adults gather and do exactly what they did when they were five – color with their friends. Although, I suspect there’s probably more wine and less fighting over the Burnt Sienna crayon these days. One woman who hosts these parties, Shyla Jannusch, told NBC News, “It allows us to be innocent again, in some respects.”
Coloring as a method to decrease stress does have some scientific backing – The American Lung Association recently added it to its list of recommended stress relievers. So I’m thinking it may be time for me to pick up a bottle of wine, a coloring book and a box of crayons – at the very least, it’s got to be a cheaper relaxation technique than my yoga classes and Lexipro prescription, right? .
[via NBC News]
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