A New Kind Of Coloring Book
By Kailey Volz
A new trend is hitting the shelves, and it’s not your average novel. For years, adolescent coloring books have been around in books stores, grocery stores, and department stores, but now, retailers are clearing the way for adult coloring books!
“What is an adult coloring book?” you might ask. Well, it’s pretty self-explanatory, but unlike children’s coloring books, they offer harder challenges and projects. The projects within are said to be therapeutic and relaxing for adults, explaining the large trend. A 2006 study with female cancer patients stated that “a group demonstrated a significant decrease in symptoms of distress and significant improvements in key aspects of health-related quality of life.” This encouraging data suggests that adult coloring books are a future option for assisting with cancer treatment. Cancer patients aren’t the only people who can benefit from this. Adult coloring can help those with PTSD, depression, dementia, anxiety, ADHD, and many more conditions.
Whether you’re an artist or just a creativity enthusiast, adult coloring books can help you pick up some colored pencils and transform an uncolored design into something wonderful; something that you made with your own brain and your own hands. It gets your occipital lobe (the visual part of your brain) to light up and get going. Dr. Stan Rodski, a neuropsychologist, said that “Coloring elicits a relaxing mindset, similar to what you would achieve through meditation. Like mediation, coloring allows us to switch off our brains from other thoughts and focus on the moment. Tasks with predictable results, such as coloring or knitting, can often be calming” He even conducted a physical study to see what effects it has on the human body. “The most amazing things occurred. We started seeing changes in heart rate and changes in brainwaves.” And since this new type of coloring books has been proven so helpful, many authors have been publishing their own style of them.
One of the best-known adult coloring books is “The Secret Garden” by Johanna Basford. She published the book in 2013 and had sold 6.8 million copies around the world. Kristina Webb, a 20-year-old artist from New Zealand, just recently published a book called “Color Me Creative.” The book features her life story and has creative challenges where instead of coloring in already drawn designs, you get to complete creative challenges however you want to.
So yes, adult coloring books are a large trend that unlike most trends, are actually good for you, and still super fun. Next time you’re at your local bookstore, make sure to pick up a copy of your own. You definitely won’t regret bringing back that spark of your childhood.