Let’s be honest, life can be busy, loud, stressful, and overwhelming. One of my favorite things to do to relax is to color. You’re probably thinking of a princess book (which I love too!), but I’m talking about mandala patterns. They are symmetrical shapes with intricate details. Some have more details than others. It helps to slow down and focus in on one thing and let the emotion out through coloring. If you’re angry or stressed, you can put more pressure into the coloring tool (marker, pencil, etc.). If you’re feeling sad, maybe you put less pressure and focus on adding colors that represent how you’re feeling. Instead of keeping it all bottled up inside, it’s a great way to express yourself and get it out. It can also be helpful in refocusing your mind on to one thing if you’re prone to overthinking. It may feel weird at first, but once you get into it, you’ll notice your body start to feel more calm.
This could also be a great way to bond with your kids! You could have a designated coloring time where you both work on something for a few minutes and then share with one another your artwork.
Some coloring books I like from Amazon include:
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