Adult coloring books are now making trend piece headlines as the latest pastime connecting us back to childhood. But a recent article on mindfulness in the Atlantic suggests that there’s more to it than just filling in animal shapes and patterns.
The Guardian reported that adult coloring books topped Amazon.com’s bestseller lists in April, as they continue to gain popularity. They’ve been around for decades, but folks have recently taken social media by storm, sharing their creations with the world.
The American Art Therapy Association has received numerous inquiries testing the validity of whether or not adult coloring books truly help reduce stress in adults. Not to be confused with professional art therapy, adult coloring books are indeed self-care-approved.
“Since engaging in any form of art can have stress-reducing value, it is no wonder that these sophisticated templates for adult coloring have taken on such great popularity or that there are specific uses when applied in the proper context,” several authors commented in a press release from the association.
Integrative Nutrition Health Coach Tammi Hoerner has authored her own MomPositive coloring books that include positive quotes and journaling space. She says her clients are primarily busy moms who have a hard time slowing down to practice self-care.