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PERMISSION TO COLOR by Gail Gastelu, The Tea House Times

Monday, April 25th 2016 @ 10:47 AM

Do not roll your eyes! The adult coloring craze really does reap benefits. Similar to tea drinking, it’s the time you take for yourself to recharge and release the stresses of everyday life that make it such a popular activity.

Listen, I was pessimistic too. As I sat by watching others create such visions of beauty upon their coloring pages, it did not draw me in to wanting to do it. All I could think was that coloring books are a time-waster and I have zero time outside of running my business and taking care of my family to be sitting around with colored pencils and markers.

Although I was not coloring myself, I was buying plenty of adult coloring books and beautiful colored pencil sets to give to friends and family as gifts.  Perhaps I was not immediately drawn in because the books I was finding in the stores or their graphics did not call out to me. It is definitely an activity that will only be pleasurable if you are coloring a design that makes you feel good.

Alas, as I was shopping for coloring books –again- for others, I stumbled upon a book that has 5-6 pages of tea designs! OK!! That one is M I N E !!   (I found it at TJ Maxx, but I see Amazon has it for a great price too!)

Goodness gracious, what have I done?  It took me a few days to dive in, but now I am hooked…..ridiculously hooked. Here’s why:

If you research adult coloring books online, you will find plenty of studies on how the activity is beneficial to human health. Here are a few of the benefits I read about but have also now experienced myself. Truly beneficial, unbelievably true:

  • Sparks creativity
  • Productive mind-wandering
  • Creative problem-solving
  • An escape from hyper-connectivity
  • A calming distraction from all your worries
  • Intricate designs require concentration and dexterity
  • Helps focus and relax
  • Beneficial social aspect
  • Busies your hands leaving more space to be present
  • Expresses creativity
  • Encourages adventure    
  • Anti-technology
  • Relaxation
  • Helps sleep
  • Calms and centers your mind
  • Combats anxiety

When mom says it’s good for you, you better listen! - - Many of my readers know my mom since she is with me at most tea and coffee trade shows. You should see what she’s been coloring!! Anyway . . . When mom proclaims her happiness that her daughter has finally found a way to relax and decompress and shut the dang electronics off for five minutes, you know it must be a good thing. She’s happy I’m hooked and so am I. Just a few minutes here and there, you will have a completed design in a few hours’ time. (Warning: once you are really hooked, you will need to set boundaries and time limits as with everything else! BALANCE: all things in moderation.)

Try it. Color inside the lines, or not. Your design and color choices are all your own and never wrong. Relax, Just Do It!   And have a nice cuppa tea too! (Below are my first pieces of coloring for relaxation.) See also The Tea House Times Facebook post for "purple rain" (I was not going to color that page but the timing was right to make it purple, for Prince.)


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GAIL GASTELU is Publisher of The Tea House Times, Producer of continuing education and online tea etiquette certification. She is also producer and presenter of Tea Course Fast Track and produces numerous other products and services to connect businesses and consumers to everything tea. Gail lives in NJ with her husband and two children. Her motto is "Just Do It!"  Learn more about Gail's work here. Contact Gail via email here.

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