Who says coloring books are just for kids?
In the hullabaloo of everyday adult life, we can find ourselves driven out of our wits because there's just too many things on our minds! What can we do?
Turns out, you should dig through your kids' art supplies (or if you're single, take a quick run to staples) and grab a box of crayons. Because you, my stressed adult friend, need to color.
No, we're not joking, coloring helps!
According to Higher Perspectives, coloring is actually beneficial to the state of mind of adults. They improve your concentration, motor skills, and creativity. In fact, according to Medical Daily, art therapy is used to treat people with depression, dementia, anxiety, PTSD, and even cancer. They relieve your stress as effectively as meditation and is very, very, very relaxing. Why do you think kids love it so much?
Just don't steal your daughter's Frozen coloring book. Adult coloring books exist for this very reason, but which one do you pick?
Birds Coloring Book For Adults: The Stress Relieving Adult Coloring Pages ($8.09; Amazon)
Aries are the independent go-getters of the Zodiac, with a thirst for independence and freedom. They are the natural leaders of the flock, whom everyone else can't help but follow. Fly away to find your peace in this fun book of birds.
Architectural Art: A Stress Management Coloring Book For Adults ($9.94; Barnes and Nobles)
Stubborn yet persevering Taurus will enjoy filling a book of architectural designs with the color and life that they choose. Familiarity and specific details are very important to Tauruses, so they will take all the time in the world to perfectly create these colorful structures.
Fantastic Cities: A Coloring Book of Amazing Places Real and Imagined ($11.13; Barnes and Nobles)
Clever Geminis love adventure and new places. They are imaginative and have wild imaginations. A coloring book of fantastical cities is sure to get their imaginations running wild with all the possibilities.
Secret Garden: An Inky Treasure Hunt and Colouring Book ($14.95; Laurence King)
Cancers are very connected to their feelings and can be the most caring and dependable people. Just like the earth-theme of this coloring book, they are the nurturers, the motherly figures, who can't help but put their all in the care and growth of the people around them.
Animals Adult Coloring Book 1 & 2 ($17.95; Barnes and Nobles)
Ambitious and confident Leos are also some of the most loyal and dependable companions, just like the many pets and animals in people's lives. People look up to them due to their natural charm and enthusiasm for life, and they just can't help but love them, even if they come off domineering and dramatic at times.
Alexander Girard Coloring Book ($9.94; Ammo Books)
Virgos are the analytical observers and thinkers. However, because of this, they can unintentionally suppress their creativity, preferring logic over anything else. This book of symmetrical shapes are a comfortable familiarity for the Virgo, and can allow them to indulge that tiny part of their great creative mind.
Color Me Crazy: Insanely Detailed Creations to Challenge Your Skills and Blow Your Mind ($11.40; Barnes and Nobles)
Diplomatic and easygoing Libras all have a wild and adventurous side that they rarely showcase. This crazy coloring book allows them to stick to the calm and familiar, and later on go wild with colors and details, if they feel free enough to do so.
Sex Position Coloring Book: Playtime for Couples ($12.47; Barnes and Nobles)
Although Scorpios are fiercely independent, they can be the most passionate, especially when it comes to their lovers. They are always looking for ways to please them, and thus, this very adult coloring book can not only therapeutically relax them, it can give them some great ideas!
Calm the F*ck Down: An Irreverent Adult Coloring Book ($7.18; Amazon)
Sagittarius are the independent spirits, who can be emotionally-detached. They do what they want and when they want. And, sometimes, that includes a little swearing (or A LOT). This coloring book of swears is just a way to express themselves through the creativity of colors.
Faces Coloring Book for Grown-Ups: Volume 1 ($11.66; Amazon)
Although mistrustful of people at first, Capricorns are some of the most patient and loyal in the zodiac. In particular, they are patient when doing a task that they are utterly devoted and passionate to. This coloring book of people's faces allows them to concentrate on details, and at the same time, opening them up to the possibility of trusting unknown people.
The Bizarre Coloring Book For Adults 2: Bizarre, Strange and Weird Images To Color ($8.48; Amazon)
Witty and clever, Aquarius are the most rebellious and anti-status quo of the signs. They are driven by fun, excitement, and spontaneity, so they will definitely have some wild fun with this coloring book of bizarre things. After all, what's more anti-status quo than the strange and bizarre?
Printable Colouring Book, Instant Download, Sea Life, Sea Creatures ($6.50; Etsy)
Devoted and compassionate Pisces is just like the sea in this coloring book. Like still waters, they are calm and collected and almost dream-like with their idealistic views of life. At the same time, when disturbed by a storm, they can be ruthless and unforgiving.