Feeling stressed and out of sorts? Maybe you just need some colored pencils and a little time to fill in between the lines. A new fad has adult coloring books flying off the shelves, and believe it or not, BYOB adult coloring parties are now a serious thing.
Coloring offers relief and mindfulness “without the paralysis that a blank page can cause,” blogger Julie Beck wrote in the Atlantic. The former skeptic-turned-coloring-enthusiast says converting her thoughts into something “tangible, pretty and reasonable” is satisfying. “This rarely happens in life,” she said.
It's no wonder people are looking for a little relief. On a stress scale ranging from 1 (totally relaxed) to 10 (on the verge of a breakdown), at 4.9, the average American adult is almost square in the middle, according to a survey from the American Psychological Association. Among adults who were married or living with a partner, 41% said in the survey that they had lost patience in the past month and yelled at their partner.
On most days it's easy to keep it together, but on others, “I have an emotional reaction akin to Hulking out,” columnist Ryan Bradford admitted in a San Diego City Beat post. He wanted to “flip a table” when he first heard about adult coloring parties. But after attending one, Bradford described the event as soothing—and the perfect activity for an introverted extrovert. “You get to be around people without having to talk to them.”
But the craze makes some see red since they find the intricate designs too stressful. “No thanks,” a mother of four said on Twitter. “I like to draw my own conclusions.”
Up next, “Nap time at work,” said one skeptical tweeter. However, that may not be such a stretch. Uber, Google, Zappos and Ben & Jerry's are just a few companies that already have nap-at-work options, according to the business magazine Inc.