Stress is a pretty awful thing, no matter how you slice it. It’s uncomfortable, and bad for your mind and body. Some people stress out more than others, and some people handle stress better than others. Whichever category you fall into, I think we can all agree that finding a way to relieve stress is super important. Especially for those of us who struggle with ailments like Crohn’s Disease, which are exacerbated by stress. Even in remission, if I stress out, I can almost immediately feel the inflammation in my tummy. If I worry about something at work, argue with Hubbalicious or my parents… I can almost set my clock by the stomach ache that comes afterwards. I know for sure that my fellow Crohnies can relate, and I would bet that pretty much everyone else can too. So what do we do?
Over the last two years, I’ve received a lot of questions about Crohn’s and how I live with it from day to day. Many of those questions I answer on an individual basis by replying to emails and such… but lately, I’ve been getting a lot of questions about how I manage my stress, so I thought a post about what I like to do to relieve stress, might help give you some ideas. Back in July, I wrote this post about 5 Tips to Relieve Stress and I still stand by all those methods. Each one is great and have been tried and true for me. However, I recently discovered something I enjoy even more. I’ve always loved to color… but I never considered it a “stress relief” thing. I just thought I was never going to grow out of it. Always thought of myself as kinda silly for still loving to color. I was wrong! During my hospitalizations, I found myself coloring a lot to pass the time, and I began to realize that it was doing a lot more than just “passing the time.”
The Stress Relief Benefits of Adult Coloring Books
Recently, adult coloring books are growing hugely in popularity. They seem to be all the rage right now. As stated in this article from USA Today, studies are showing that “the rhythmic repetition of coloring” can provide stress relief. Whether it’s introducing people to something they never really got into, or reaffirming to those of us who have always loved to color, that it’s actually “cool” now… It seems everybody is jumping on board. And even The American Art Therapy Association put out a statement saying that they support the use of coloring books.
Do you love to color? If not yet, how willing are you to give it a try? I can definitely attest to the calming affect it’s always had on me. My sister even gave me an adult coloring book for Christmas this year. That just goes to show you… everybody knows I’ve always loved it. It’s pretty much all I do when I get hospitalized. So, I wanted to share a few that I think are super awesome.
Aren’t those some super fun options??? They really have come out with some really creative pages for coloring. I personally, love the animals one… but that’s really no surprise is it? I’ve always been an animal lover.
So my favorite thing to color with is colored pencils… some people like markers, but not me. I’m a colored pencil girl. I typically use the Crayola ones, like this:
But someday, I hope to graduate to some super awesome artistic ones like these beauties right here:
If you have a tendency to stress out and are interested in ways to relieve it, I highly recommend giving coloring a shot. It’ll take you right back to the simplicity and non-stressful days of youth. Plus, it’s always nice to sit down and do something that sparks your creativity. I love to color… in fact, I think I’ll color picture right now. :o)
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