Warning: Patience Required.

 

By now, you've probably caught wind of this whole "adult coloring book" craze. If you haven't, I'll break it down for you: some very smart person realized that all adults still want to feel like kids sometimes. Another, potentially even smarter, person realized that, in the same way parents shove crayons and Frozen themed coloring books at their children in a desperate attempt at a minute free to catch up on The Good Wife and eat food that isn't shaped like dinosaurs, a similar system could calm down grown-ups. And the mindfulness coloring book was born. The idea is that taking the time to sit down and color relaxes us as much at 25, 35, 45, etc. as it did at just plain 5. And honestly? It works. Coloring inherently means that you're focusing on something that isn't your phone or email or latest Netflix addiction, which can only be a good thing. Also, most of them, like the two pictured above that I'm currently working on, are so finicky and detailed that you really have to concentrate, leaving little space in your brain for worrying about class tomorrow or that paper due next week or that job application you really should submit at some point. But for right now, that doesn't matter. Right now, what matters is that you're taking time to breathe, relax, and color. Go on, you've earned it.