Coloring isn’t just for kids. It can help the brain to switch off of other thoughts and to focus. It may sound absolutely ridiculous, but adult coloring really can be a great alternative to meditation for people just like me who have trouble stopping the ever running train of thoughts from constantly barreling down the track of your brain.
As a writer, that ever running train of thoughts can be both my best friend and my worst nightmare. Sometimes stories just write themselves in my head and I can’t get the words down on paper fast enough; other times all the stress of life makes my thoughts jump around like kids on a trampoline and I’m paralyzed from putting pen to paper. The second is never ideal and even less so when I have deadlines looming.
The American Art Therapy Association says that art is used to “explore feelings, reconcile emotional conflicts, foster self-awareness, manage behavior and addictions, develop social skills, improve reality orientation, reduce anxiety and increase self-esteem.” Though coloring and art therapy aren’t the exactly the same thing, studies have shown it has a slew of mental health benefits.
I’d thought about picking up a coloring book or searching for adult coloring books on Amazon, but it was one of those things I only thought about when I was feeling stressed. Then a few weeks ago I was scrolling through our Instagram feed and saw that fellow travel bloggers Katie and Geoff from Wandertooth had created their very own travel themed adult coloring book.
They immediately reached out and asked me to put my coloring skills to the test to try our their new adult coloring book, Travel Between the Lines. Amazon was delivering it to my door just a few days later (and one for one of you lucky readers too) and I asked Tim to pick me up a box of crayons while he was out.
Travel Between the Lines is a compilation of Katie and Geoff’s very own photographs from their travels which have been turned in to illustrations. They’ve selected photos from their travels around the world and each has a short description in the index so you know exactly which spot on which continent you’ve been transported to.
There are a variety of illustrations that are a mix of very detailed that might take you several days to color and easier ones that you could do fairly quickly. I also thought it was smart that each coloring page is blank on the back so you can tear it out for easier coloring.
And if you’re wondering if I did clear my mind to get my stories written, I’ve had a productive day coloring for a bit and writing this post plus three others for a client.
We’re giving away a copy of Travel Between the Lines. This one is only open to our readers with a US mailing address.
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