How do you relax? Admittedly, I’m not very good at it, which sounds strange to admit because relaxing should be easy, right? At least, easier than being stressed.
But I’m never able to fully clear my mind. I’m always thinking about something on my never-ending to-do list — and usually feeling guilty about not tackling it.
My go-to relaxation strategy is sprawling out on the sofa and scrolling through my Facebook timeline and Instagram feed on my phone. If we’re being honest, checking social media is pretty much the opposite of relaxing. At night Jordan and I will zone out in front of the TV, which is entertaining but not necessarily calming.
I’ve been hearing about the anti-stress benefits of adult coloring books for months now but have been reluctant to give them a try. Until now. I think I’m finally desperate enough to believe that putting colored pencils to paper could help relieve some of my stress.
Cool Mom Picks has an extensive round up of adult coloring books (no, I didn’t write it!), and I pulled out a couple to share here that look particularly non-cheesy. The Just Add Color series (#5, below) also features a few coloring books illustrated by Lisa Congdon that I’m interested in trying as well.
But if you’re still on the fence about adult coloring books, my friend Lindsay is offering free coloring pages for grown ups on her blog, Shrimp Salad Circus. She’s released two pages so far, and while they’re both so lovely, I think I’m partial to the gemstones. That’s Amy of Delineate Your Dwelling coloring them at the very top of the post!
What do you think? Would you try an adult coloring book to beat stress? What is your go-to relaxation method?
(top image via Instagram)