I purchased my first Adult Coloring Book a few years ago. At this present time, I have a variety of coloring books, markers, and pencils. I have received coloring book as gifts and I have given coloring books as gifts as well. I take coloring books on camping trips and weekend getaways. Coloring for me is a way to relax and let go.
On one camping trip, my friends and I spent hours coloring inside my camper while the rain came pouring down. We shared our life challenges and our life aspirations. It was a great way to reconnect with each other. We each had different coloring styles which made each page unique and different.
Be gentle with yourself, you can’t fail at self-care. ~ Dr. Samantha, Naturopathic Physician
Benefits of Adult Coloring
Coloring is considered therapeutic to reduce anxiety, relieve stress and alters bad moods.
Coloring is similar to meditating. It increases focus and shifts our thoughts to the present moment.
Coloring applies both hemispheres of the brain, the right and left, simulating the brain responsible for creativity and logic. From what I have read some physicians recommend coloring for their Alzheimer and Dementia patients.
Coloring replaces negative thinking as a distraction.
Coloring five minutes before bedtime has been reported to help some people sleep better because of its calming effects.
Social group coloring evaluates relaxation and the joy of spending time with others.
When coloring we are unplugged from technology, which engages in self-care “me time”.
Coloring creates boundaries by staying in the lines and evokes metaphorical boundaries in our personal lives.
There is even a National Coloring Day which is August 2nd. Adult coloring is good for the soul. How about taking a few minutes each day before going to bed to color and see if it changes your perspective on life. 🙂 ~ Patti
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Here are some tips for prepping with a busy work week:
Pick out your clothes and children clothes with shoes and socks the night before. Have them sitting out and ready to put on in the morning.
Set up cereal bowls at the kitchen table pour cereal inside with a spoon and cover with clear plastic wrap. Just add milk in the morning for the children or if the kids are old enough they can pour their own milk.
Make lunches the night before put in refrigerator. You and your children will take them out before you leave in the morning.
Have all school supplies, homework checked etc. in back packs before bed time, ready and by the front door or in the car.
Have all food items in crockpot, put in refrigerator, in the morning take out of refrigerator and plug in to cook. Look up crock pot recipes for the week and shop for those items ahead of time.
The night before look at calendar to see what after school activities are happening and plan for it. Do you or your children need to bring anything for these activities? Have them out by the front door or put them in the car so you don’t forget them.
The night before check your work calendar to review if you need to have anything prepared or take into work that day. If so, have it prepared and ready to take with you.
Having everything prepped the night before saves you rushing around in the morning and being late or forgetting something important. No family drama with getting the children dressed. Older children can pick out their own clothes the night before and have them out and ready. Make sure they do it and it becomes routine this will reduce yelling and frustration in the morning. Everyone knows the routine and things go smoothly and less stress for all.
Do you want more in your life than just your career?
Happiness is not in our circumstances, but in ourselves. It is not something we see, like a rainbow, or feel, like the heat of a fire. Happiness is something we are. ~ John B. Sheerin
I saw this quote today and thought WOW, I know when I see a beautiful sunset or rainbow it brings a smile to my face and joy. So what is happiness? A while back I wrote a blog post called What is HAPPINESS? The blog post discussed the poll results from What are the ingredients of happiness? at that point in time the poll results were Joy, Love and Peace. At this moment of writing the poll results have changed to “Joy” being number one and “Love” number two.
The definition of “Happiness” according to Merriam -Webster’s Dictionary is the following:
: the state of being happy, well-being, contentment and joy
: an experience that makes you happy, pleasurable or a satisfying experience
: good fortune
The quote above by John B. Sheerin stating “happiness is in ourselves” I agree with that phrase and believe true happiness does comes from within. The last part of the quote “happiness is something we are”, I’m not totally sure about this statement. I would love for this part of the quote to be everyone however there are many people who are not happy within. As a certified professional coach I work with clients to pursue happiness in all aspects of life. Many of my happy moments were camping at the lake!
What are your happy moments?
More questions to ponder:
What are your thoughts about this quote?
Do you think happiness is not in our circumstances, but in ourselves?