My friend Cathy looks out for me since she knows I struggle with anxiety and depression. She pays attention to my feelings and is quick to offer encouragement when I need it.
But I was surprised when she sent me a package of coloring books and colored pencils. I’m in my thirties—I couldn’t remember the last time I’d colored! Cathy said she’d heard the activity was good for reducing stress. I thought, Why not give it a try?
Cathy was right. It calms me down. I get lost in the colors, and my problems fade into the background. I like coloring so much that I’ve downloaded an app on my phone that lets me color on the go. And I’ve started telling everyone I know about it—I even colored at a museum exhibit on a date!
I’ve spent years looking for good stress busters. Now I know that a little coloring will make me feel a whole lot better.
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