I’ve always loved coloring. Ever since I was a little girl I have loved coloring books and getting brand new crayons. I was always amazed by friends and cousins of mine who could draw freehand but I needed the lines to already be there. I just wanted to color.
If you’re looking for creative ways to lower your stress I promise sitting down to color can help. There’s just something about focusing on the illustrations that’s very soothing. Over the past couple years or so the demand for adult coloring books has gone crazy! I’ve compiled a list of some of my favorites. Some of these I have, the others are on my wish list.
10 Adult Coloring Books to Lower Stress
If you’ve heard of or read The Miracle Morning I’m sure you would enjoy this one! Compared to the rest of the coloring books in this list, this Positive affirmations help to block and eliminate the negative thoughts that run around in our heads more often than they should. This coloring book makes it easy and fun to include positive affirmations in your daily life.
- I F*cking Love Myself Through Darkness and Light: A Sweary Affirmation Coloring Book Journal for Adults (200 pages)
This one made the list because it also has journaling prompts with room for writing in addition to coloring pages with positive affirmations. Obviously this one has “colorful” words in it so if that’s not your thing, please keep reading. :)
I grew up watching Disney princess movies on VHS tape so this coloring book definitely stands out to me.
This was the very first adult coloring book that I ever purchased. Johanna Basford is a brilliant artist with beautiful drawings. This is a great choice if you’re a nature lover. Basford has had several coloring books published since the release of this one but this one is my favorite though they’re all great. I own (and love) Lost Ocean too!
- Adult Coloring Book: Share the Love (72 pages)
This coloring book has 30 large coloring pages (8.5 x 11 inches) and the designs are printed on 60# paper stock making it perfect for using just about anything you could want to use for coloring. I love, love, love the tree with the hearts dangling from it. Amazon doesn’t provide an inside look but readers have submitted their own photos so you can see most of the designs to help you decide if it’s something for you or not.
- Shit Happens!: Swear Words and Mantras to Color Your Stress Away (150 pages – 55 swear word pages)
Here’s another one that’s not for everyone but it is for someone and that someone is me. I love this coloring book! Funny swear words are the perfect cure for stress. There are quite a few swears in here that I hadn’t heard before and they literally had me in tears. My stress was lowered just after reading through this book, I didn’t even need to color, haha!
- Adult Coloring Book: Stress Relieving Patterns (106 pages – 46 illustrations)
If pattern designs are more your thing this one has a lot of great coloring pages that you’ll find to be pretty calming. This one is a national best-seller and has a variety of coloring pages that vary from a beginner skill level to advanced making it the perfect adult coloring book to keep you busy for awhile.
- Color Me Calm: 100 Coloring Templates for Mediation and Relaxation (A Zen Coloring Book)
This coloring book has a ton of really gorgeous pages to help you relieve stress. It includes landscapes, patterns, animals, flowers, leaves, butterflies and more. The book itself is about 9 x 10 inches so the pages are a little smaller than your standard letter size but still packed with plenty of detail.
If you’re a fan of all things love including hearts I think you’ll really enjoy this one.
Here are a few pages you’ll find inside:
- Adult Coloring Book: Butterflies (64 pages – 30 designs)
I could not wrap up this post without including a book dedicated to butterflies! I’ve been in love with butterflies ever since my therapist compared me to one around the age of 17 during my last session with her. This is the best butterfly coloring book I’ve found so far based on customer images shared here. There are so many beautiful prints with plenty of detail to help you shut out the world for awhile.
Mediums to consider for coloring pages:
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Now, go get your color on.