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Getting Back to the Basics and Finding Calm in Coloring

August 2nd, 2017 | Posted by Allie in Education Services, Travel Tips, Traveler Tips

Coloring books are for kids of all ages – even the adult ones.

While it might seem like a fade fast trend, the “prescription” for adult coloring stems back to where many things in psychology do – Carl Jung during the early 1900s. The famous psychologist believed that mandalas were expressions of the self and represented the sum of who we are.

Fast forward 100+ years and coloring books have their own day. August 2 is National Coloring Book Day or a day to just relax and color.

Why all the hype?

Psychologists and occupational therapists encourage patients to pick their childhood pastime of coloring back up for several reasons. The person might be struggling to overcome an addiction, obsessive-compulsive disorder or PTSD to name a few. Picking up a color pencil removes the focus from negative issues or thoughts and shifts the attention in a safe, productive and cheerful way.

Coloring is by nature a cathartic and enjoyable activity and many see it as an alternative to meditation. It’s a relaxation and calming tool that brings us back to the good old days – the childhood simplicity that can feel so far off amidst the hustling and bustling of everyday life.

Skip the crayons

Thinking about trying your hand at coloring? According to, adults should skip the crayons and go straight for the colored pencils. Precision is everything and you need the detail for blending colors, shading and adding highlights and lowlights to your masterpieces. Now here are some options to get you scribbling.

Do you find yourself needing a break from the stress of everyday life? Why not pick up a coloring book?

Today for National Coloring Book Day, share your pictures with us by using #NationalColoringBookDay and #ImWithPPR — we’d love to see how you relax.

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