Coloring Books for Adults to Combat Stress

coloring books for adults

Feeling stressed out after a day's work? If you are a stay-at-home mom like me, I am sure you had been doing so many chores from cooking to cleaning. Well, it is indeed tiring especially when looking after the kids. But hey mom, you deserve some break. You can either read a book, watch movies, play games with the kids or maybe even do some coloring!

Yes, you got it right. Coloring for adults is a good way to release stress. It is a feel good activity where you get to play with colors. You'd definitely feel like a child again while doing this. As a matter of fact, you can join your little ones while they are coloring. But get your own coloring book. No, these aren't the coloring books like the kids use because coloring books for adults have complicated designs. I am sure these are so fun to color!

The Huffington Post stressed out that coloring has a de-stressing power. This occurs because we focus on coloring and we forget our worries and problems. Psychologist Gloria Martínez Ayala said, "The action involves both logic, by which we color forms, and creativity, when mixing and matching colors. This incorporates the areas of the cerebral cortex involved in vision and fine motor skills [coordination necessary to make small, precise movements]. The relaxation that it provides lowers the activity of the amygdala, a basic part of our brain involved in controlling emotion that is affected by stress."

So, I created a round up of these books for you.

Johanna Basford Secret Garden

1. Secret Garden: An Inky Treasure Hunt and Coloring Book
2. Enchanted Forest: An Inky Quest & Coloring Book
3. Balance (Angie's Extreme Stress Menders Volume 1)
4. Mystical Mandala Coloring Book (Dover Design Coloring Books)
5. Detailed Designs and Beautiful Patterns (Sacred Mandala Designs and Patterns Coloring Books for Adults) (Volume 28)
6. Flower Designs Coloring Book (Volume 1)
7. Dover Creative Haven Art Nouveau Animal Designs Coloring Book (Creative Haven Coloring Books)
8. Paisley Designs Coloring Book (Dover Design Coloring Books)

adult coloring books

9. Enchanting English Garden: An Inkcredible Scavenger Hunt and Coloring Book
10. Pattern and Design Coloring Book (Volume 1)
11. Creative Haven NatureScapes Coloring Book (Creative Haven Coloring Books)
12. Dream Catcher: a soul bird's journey: A beautiful and inspiring colouring book for all ages
13. The Language of Flowers Coloring Book (Dover Nature Coloring Book)
14. Adult Coloring Book: Stress Relieving Patterns
15.  Creative Haven Creative Cats Coloring Book (Creative Haven Coloring Books)

When you color, don't use colored pens. Crayons are the best to use when coloring. Aside from the ones above, there are still more lovely coloring books for adults that you can choose from.

I am sure that this is a fun activity to do especially when you feel so stressed and tired.


  1. What an excellent idea! My grandmother has a brain injury and I've often thought colouring would help her in her healing. I personally love crafts and hope that as I age they will help me stay mentally sharp. I love the selection you have shared.

  2. I LOVE YOU!! Seriously genius idea. :D

  3. I love coloring books. It may sound funny to some, but coloring will really help your mind stay sharp.

  4. I love coloring activity. When I was still working, I bought a coloring book to destress myself. :)

  5. Cool! I hope this is available here. I want to try that myself. I still color my cousin's coloring books though. Haha

  6. I completely agree that coloring is a good stress-buster...because I do this myself! :) As I concentrate on keeping in the lines and using the colors that suit the picture, I forget my worries even for just a few minutes. It's a good bonding activity for me and my eldest too!

  7. Oh I love coloring books. Most of the time I join my niece on her coloring activities and it really relieves me from stress.

  8. Wow. Didn't know that coloring books got adult version. Thanks! I might try one soon!

  9. I have been seeing these books being promoted on a few different blogs. It sounds like a really interesting concept and I wouldn't mind a coloring book myself.

  10. Kids would definitely love coloring books. Its colorful.

  11. wow i never knew there's a coloring books for adults! i must have it because i'm stressed most of the time...

  12. Coloring books for adults? I didn't know someone's making that! It's a great destresser for me... :)

  13. Thank you for sharing. I will try coloring nga so I can de-stress.

  14. I've been stressed out the past days, I think coloring can help. I better look for one in the bookstore, I hope it's available.

  15. This is great for me. I love to color! a perfect to be de-stress and spend time with kids at the same time.

  16. I haven't heard of this strategy to combat stress...Thanks for sharing

  17. My friend had bought a colouring book and she enjoyed it. Perhaps I should 'steal' a page from my children's colouring books.