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Coloring: Not Just for Kids Anymore

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Image titleWhat's old is new again. Your favorite childhood activity is back with a spin for adults - coloring! Yup, you read that right. The latest activity trend for Millennials and Boomers alike is coloring. From to , coloring has made a comeback in a big way.

What's old is new again. Your favorite childhood activity is back with a spin for adults - coloring! Yup, you read that right. The latest activity trend for Millennials and Boomers alike is coloring. From Crayola and Brit+Co's latest collaboration to newly classic independent books, coloring has made a comeback in a big way.

You might be asking yourself why an adult would consider revisiting such a juvenile hobby. Here's why you should give it a shot:

It's relaxing

Frequently used as a mean of art therapy, the focused and creative effort of coloring is often soothing, much like that of knitting or even of the more mind-bending soduku puzzles. As an activity that requires full attention, both Boomers and Millennials find coloring a welcome relief from time spent in front of screens and of passive, "always on" media consumption. Coloring time is an opportunity to set your mind at ease.

It lets you unleash your inner child

Coloring is the type of activity that transports you back in time to sprawling out on the living room floor after school in a sea of color pencils and crayons to create to your heart's content. As an adult, coloring brings back that same joyfulness and the abandon to make for the sake of making. Now imagine this same approach to coloring as applied to your day-to-day work or family activities - how much more fun is that!

It strengthens your creativity

Like any muscle, creativity increases the more that you use it. Coloring enables Millennials and Boomers alike to exercise a part of their brain and intellect that often goes unused in their day to day. Soon enough, you'll find yourself noticing the color and shapes of every day objects, and from that will come inspiration for other endeavors. A kitchen remodeling, perhaps?

It teaches you to think visually

Adult coloring books have significantly matured along with their target market. Rather than cartoon and storybook characters, adult coloring books tend to focus on patterns and shapes that take minds on a visual bend. This type of strategic thinking is applicable for strengthening all kinds of problem skills that are useful both at work and in day-to-day efforts. Adult coloring is an opportunity to learn while having fun.

Both Millennials and Boomers are picking up this youthful activity again, and for lots of good reasons. There's nothing like acting young that gets you feeling younger at heart, and that's what coloring is all about — and more.