We're pleased to announce the release of Coloring To Relax: Mandalas & Geometric Patterns Volume 2

Designed by Mary D. Brooks

The book contains 30 mandalas and geometric patterns.

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WHY SHOULD WE COLOR?

How does coloring help? Isn’t that just for children? Psychologist Gloria Martinez Ayala recently discussed why it’s so important for adults as well as children. She was interviewed by the Huffington Post where she said: “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 what does that mean? It means by immersing ourselves in one activity that our energies are totally focused, our brains are not focused on the things that stress us out. This is quite true. It does work.

We all lead very busy lives with work commitments, family and health issues. There is so much going on. We neglect the one thing we should not and that is ourselves. We need to MAKE time for ourselves. In between writing fiction, I color my own designs or buy coloring books geared towards adults although the children’s coloring books take me back a few years. It gives me pleasure and hours of fun!

When we were children (and for some of us, that may be some time ago), we found enjoyment in creating art by coloring. We spent many hours hunched over our coloring books with crayons (or pencils and/or markers). We found pleasure in the simple act of coloring in.

What has happened since then? We grew up. We abandoned the simple pleasure of immersing ourselves in our coloring efforts. Life has knocked us around. Okay time to get back to what makes us happy and to forget our troubles, even for a short while.

Break out your favorite coloring pencils/crayons / paints – however you want to do it, do it!