Try These Coloring Tips to Help You Stress Less
Guaranteed to set the scene for a stress-free coloring sesh!
By Kelly Bryant
Take the dog to the vet, get to parent-teacher conferences, clean out the garage, make sure everyone has eaten a nutritious dinner… Your to-do list is already a mile long, so taking time to color is probably the last thing on your mind. But stop with the excuses! The busier you get, the more important it is to give yourself a quick break for some quality coloring time.
Why? Spending time on a hobby actually reduces stress and sadness. If you're one of those people who struggles to turn off their busy brain (and really, who isn't?) you'll be pleased to learn that coloring actually has some of the same benefits as meditation. (And let’s face it, coloring is so much more fun that sitting quietly.)
Still not convinced you should find the time to sit back, relax, and color? Here's our step-by-step guide:
1. Create a relaxing space.
You don't need to have a dedicated craft room to carve out a dedicated space for coloring. Even if you just use your kitchen table, make an effort to clear away distractions (buh-bye, pile-o-bills), and consolidate all of your supplies so you have everything you need at arm's reach. Play some music you find calming and maybe even light a candle. It’s gettin’ crazy up in here!)
2. Make this "me time."
Before getting started, make it clear to your family or roommates that this is not chatting time, it’s your quiet time. They can come back later! Even if you can't shut the door on them, make an effort to set the little ones up with an activity (cough, Netflix, cough) or put in headphones so you can't hear your roommate watching TV.
3. Set a timer.
First thing’s first: Stop stressing that you’re “wasting time” when you choose to spend a few minutes for yourself. Instead of worrying about how long you're spending or how much more time have, set a timer. Even if you can only spare 10 or 20, that's a whole lot better than zero minutes. Set the timer and zone out, confident that when you need to move on, you'll have a buzzer to remind you.
4. Make it a habit.
Want to reap the most benefits from your coloring? Make it routine. Look at your day-to-day and see where you can squeeze in a steady block of color time. Maybe it’s with your morning coffee, after the kids are in bed, or at a quiet corner table on your lunch break. Squeeze it in whenever (and wherever) works for you.
However you decide to fit in your stress-reducing coloring time, there are plenty of other Posh community members here to keep you accountable! Check in with us on Facebook to share how you're going to make sure you get your "me time."
Kelly is a freelance marketer and yoga teacher, as well as a writer specializing health and fitness, travel, and personal finance. Her writing can be found on Greatist, Life by Daily Burn, her personal travel blog, PracticallyEverywhere.com, and a variety of other lifestyle websites. She loves traveling, cooking, reading, and her cross-eyed cat, Goose.