What I’ve often contemplated as a growing adult is this; what should we do when everything feels like too much? When there are bills to pay, decisions to make, and you’re in another beyond pointless argument with the people closest to you.
I always come back to one thing; remember what it was like to be a kid. The effortless happiness, continuous laughter, and expanding mind that is never filled with anything troubling. While some of us are surrounded by young children and can tap into their personalities a bit, sometimes you just need to throw all inhibitions out the window and be a kid.
So I propose to you to clear out some of your schedule, try not to look at the dishes in the sink, put your phone on silent, and be 5 years old. Here is how:
HOW TO COLOR LIKE A KID–A GROWN UPS TUTORIAL
1. Choose a coloring page/book.
If you are anything like me, scouring the children’s book section at Target or Walmart, or even the grocery store is just another stop while getting the milk and toilet paper. I try to look for more detailed coloring books, (which can be difficult), but often times the choices are beyond adorable and I can settle for less detail.
If you are looking for more challenging pictures to color, here is a simple solution. Go to www.pinterest.com and type in “adult coloring pages”. I am telling you the options are endless, BUT don’t forget you need a printer, because yes sometimes you forget these things.
2. Choose a drink of choice.
Grab a hot coffee, or a glass of wine. Having a soothing beverage will only enhance the process. Or if you really want to tap into your inner-child, get yourself a juice box.
3. Find a clean, quiet place.
I say clean because the moment will quickly become not so relaxing when you are staring at clutter, laundry, or that sticky substance stuck to your kitchen counter that’s been there for who knows how long. Quiet, well that’s up to you. If you like a little noise, throw on some music or the tv in the background.
4. Choose your coloring utensil.
Crayons, markers, colored pencils, finger paints what have you. Personally I love a good colored pencil, but don’t forget you’ll need a sharpener, because sometimes you forget these things 😉
5. Really enjoy yourself.
Color outside the lines, use pink for the sky and blue for the grass, try to focus on what you’re doing and nothing else. You’ll be surprised how quickly you become relaxed. I promise, it’s truly that simple.
In the often hectic, whirlwind of adulthood, stress can take over. When lifting weights or closing your eyes to breathe doesn’t work, being a kid, will. Watch an old Disney movie, make a blanket fort in the living room, eat too much candy, and get out your crayons.
Until next time! xxo