Crayola's Adult Coloring Books Could Be Your New Therapy

Crayola has a new line of coloring books for adults and says they're therapeutic. Are they really?

By Ryan Biek | November 10, 2015

No judgment: We know you sometimes steal your kid's coloring books come nap time. (Video via Crayola)

Crayola knows, too. That's why the company's released a line of books specifically for adults called "Color Escapes." (Video via Crayola)

You can choose from four different themes: geometric, kaleidoscope, nature and garden. (Video via Crayola)

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Crayola is marketing the books as "a soothing, creative experience that's easy to do and easy on your mind."

writer for the Atlantic is all for the idea of adult coloring books, writing, "Coloring offers that relief and mindfulness without the paralysis that a blank page can cause."

Crayola could be onto something as mindfulness becomes more of a buzzword. Somewhat generally, mindfulness is complete awareness of the present –– not worrying about the past or future.

Not everyone's convinced that coloring books bring on a heightened mediative state. One art therapist told the Guardian, "I find that many of the loudest proponents are actually those that create the coloring books."

Though, many therapists told the Guardian they believed coloring books are a capable part of a broader treatment plan for stress and anxiety.

And even if you're not too stressed, you might just choose the adult books for fun ... and so you don't anger your kids. (Video via Crayola)

This video includes images from Getty Images and Niklas Hellerstedt / CC BY 2.0 and Steve Corey / CC BY ND 2.0.

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