If you’re feeling a bit silly, confused, or even a little embarrassed to begin coloring as an adult, put those fears to the side. Adult coloring is simple, it’s fun, and it’s beneficial to your mind and your health. Getting started is the hardest part. Once you realize just how peaceful and calm coloring makes you feel, you’ll be recommending it to everyone you know as a way of relaxing and focusing on what’s good in life.

When my son was in the ICU on the ventilator, it was hard to keep my mind of the worst possible outcome. As an artist, creating has always been a way to keep me focused and grounded. However, it’s a bit much to bring in my wood-burning or jewelry making supplies, and so I ventured into doodling and then creating my own coloring pages as my passion in art evolved.

Here are a few tips to get started in coloring when it feels a bit weird!

Buy a Few Supplies

You don’t need anything fancy to begin coloring. You can get a piece of blank paper, a crayon or some colored pencils, and you can color. You don’t need a picture because you can draw something and color it. Even if it’s just your name in big bubble letters, you’re coloring. You don’t need much of anything to color as an adult. You can buy what you want or feel you need.

When it comes to art there isn’t a right or wrong way!

Order Some Adult Books

If you want to get a little more serious about your coloring, you can always order a few adult coloring books. They are available all over the internet or even in local stores if you look hard enough for them. There are dozens of places to look when you’re in the market for an adult coloring book.

Sit Down and Start

Keep in mind there is no one but you present while you color. You needn’t show your artwork to anyone if you don’t feel comfortable doing so. All you need to do is sit down and color. Don’t let yourself feel self-conscious or strange about it. You’re the only one here, the only one looking at your work, and you are the only person judging yourself. Let that go and just color.

Let go of perfection and just start.

Focus on Coloring When You’re Overwhelmed

Do you recognize your body’s signs and what it’s trying to tell you about things? If you do, you probably recognize when you feel a bit overwhelmed or out of sorts. You know when you’re stressed or overworked, and you know you can do things to counteract that. Sometimes the best thing you can do for yourself is to sit back and take a break from what’s bothering you with a coloring book.

Coloring is inexpensive, it’s easy, and it’s a great way to de-stress and unwind. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, this is a tool that can help you feel better about life by clearing your mind and allowing to you go feel more in control.

Something that I share with people is to give something new a try for 2-3 weeks because you aren’t really going to see a change or impact overnight. Some things take a bit of practice and really feel your way into them.