An Artful Way to Stress Less

Can you believe it’s already November? With the holidays approaching, you may find yourself a little overwhelmed with things to do and places to go. I’m here to remind you to relax. We all know that making art helps us stress less. There’s something about the process of creating something, bringing colors to life, and spending quiet time doing something that is calming.

After dedicating even just half an hour to your creative endeavors, you’ll likely feel renewed and ready to take on the holidays. I know I do! While sometimes it’s nice to work on complex projects, there are times when I just want to sit in front of the television and get out some coloring books.

Zen doodle coloring page by Barbara Simon Sartain |
Bunny (Black Sakura ® Pigma Micron pens on Canson illustration paper) by Barbara Simon Sartain from Zen Doodle: Tons of Tangles, also in the Zen Doodle Coloring Book
Colored-in version of Kass Hall's Zen Doodle art |
My colored-in version of Kass Hall’s originally
black-and-white drawing, Blossom Peace Sign from
the Zentangle® Untangled Workbook

One of the things I like about coloring is that I’m not trying to make a masterpiece. I want it to look pretty, of course, and to do that I set a few rules, like limiting my color choices to three harmonious hues.

Coloring offers you a creative, fun respite, so I encourage you to give it a try, especially with the approaching “holidaze.” Click here to see a selection of coloring books for adults.

Do you already find time to color? If not, do so–and you’ll likely stress less.

Breathe deeply,

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