Coloring is a great way to bond. Ask your friends over for some wine, cheese and coloring. Perhaps at first they might look at you with skeptical eyes and doubt; but hand over a fresh sheet of paper, some vibrant or glitter colored pens and in just minutes you will not be able to pry those colors out of their fingers. Soon you will be visiting easily, looking over at each-others masterpieces from time to time to admire their selection of colors. You will begin to feel like you have time-traveled back into grade 2 and you do not really want to leave. Coloring is freeing and has no expectations. The beautiful thing about this craft is that there is no pressure to finish, to use a certain color or even to stay in the lines!!! There is absolute freedom involved in those precious hours where you just get to color.
Coloring in a Coloring Book. You can buy a coloring book in any grocery store just look in the childrens department. Some coloring books incorporate puzzles and other activities. Buy a box of crayons with lots of colors as you can really express yourself. The stress reducing part of this plan is that you choose a picture or activity that feels good to you, something you can focus your mind on. This focusing will redirect your thoughts to less stressed thoughts. The colors you choose do not have to be appropriate to the theme of the picture if you so desire. The idea here is to feel creative, to slow down and release your feelings in your coloring activity.
Coloring in a Doodle Book. You can do this very effectively by getting an artists sketch pad. This is a pad of blank sheets of paper used by artists to plan their paintings or creative work on, much like a writers rough draft. Once you have your pad, take a pencil and start to doodle. Make lines, circles, shapes, what ever at the time makes you feel good. Then color in the spaces within the doodles. Even if you think you are not a very creative person you will feel productive and relaxed after a few doodle your noodle calming sessions.