Day 16 – Coloring to Relieve Stress and Create Relaxation

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Day 16 – Coloring to Relieve Stress and Create Relaxation

Did you know that coloring can relieve stress and create relaxation? Perhaps that is why kids love it so much! For many adults, the thought of producing something “artistic” can be stress-inducing, not relaxing. In order to push through our resistance, we have to release the stress and enjoy the feeling of putting pen on paper.

For the previous 15 days of this 31 day series on how to Build Your Creative Confidence, I have asked you to experiment with colors and coloring pages, to start a journaling practice and to play with words. The trick to building your creative confidence often involves getting out of your own way so that you can remember how much fun it is to be creative!

Today, I want to lead you through a guided visualization where you will color out your stress, pouring it onto the page and out of your body. Then you will color into relaxation and allow that to express itself on the  page. Please make sure that you do this in a quiet, safe place. If you feel stuck in stress or it feels overwhelming to color your stress, focus on the lines and images and allow the feelings to flow through you and out of you onto the page.

I think this exercise is one you will want to try several times. If you are feeling sad or angry, you can also color through those back to relaxation and love. This is a sample lesson from my Creative Stress Buster’s class. What we discovered during the class was that it often took people several pages of coloring out the stress before they could color relaxation. So trust your instincts and color as much as needed.

Lesson 16 – Coloring out your stress will help build creative confidence

Supplies needed:

  • Paper
  • Something to color with
  • Something to write with
  • Your computer or smart phone to listen to the audio file

I encourage you to use oil pastels or chalk pastels if you have them but crayons, colored pencils or markers work well also.

If you want to treat yourself, buy some large art paper, the bigger the sheets the better so you can fill the page!

Pastels are wonderful to use for this process for their ability to flow easily across the page as well as the option to blend and mix the colors.

Here’s the link to the audio file:

Just follow the instruction on the audio. Have fun and RELAX!!

Could you use some stress relief right now?

If you shouted YES to that question, you need to participate in the Creative Stress Buster’s workshop. Each week for 8 weeks I will send you a new creative stress buster. Or perhaps you have been longing for creative play in your life but don’t know where to start. Each week you will receive a guided prompt and activity that will make it easy to tap into your well of creative self-expression. I guarantee that the joy you find in that box of crayons or watercolors will be an instant stress buster. Click here for more information.

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  1. Caroline on July 16, 2013 at 6:04 pm

    I love your series on building your creative confidence. I can definitely relate to drawing being more of a stresser than a relaxer for me. This will be a fun exercise to do. Thank you!

  2. Jenny on July 16, 2013 at 6:17 pm

    Love it! I actually DO color fairly frequently. I buy interesting coloring books and use markers or watercolors. It’s so fun and relaxing! Having templates helps me to not feel like I have to create something from scratch, which for me can feel intimidating. Thanks so much for the reminder…I’m going to go do some coloring now! 🙂

  3. Stacy on July 16, 2013 at 6:59 pm

    Yes! Justification for my love of coloring. I don’t do it often, but I have crayons and a couple of artsy (think museum gift shop) coloring books squirreled away. There is something so relaxing and satisfying about bringing the picture to life.

  4. Peggy Nolan on July 16, 2013 at 7:04 pm

    Hello Minette!

    I love this because I often list coloring as a stress relief activity! I love to color and keep my colored pencils and a small art notebook nearby. I have zero artistic ability (even drawing a straight line with a ruler is complicated) but coloring just to color is so much fun!


    Peggy Nolan

  5. Penny McDaniel on July 16, 2013 at 7:33 pm

    This is such a wonderful series! I tend to doodle a lot because I find it relaxing and fun…it helps me to get my Zen on at times. Time to add color to those doodles! Thanks!

  6. Kathy Hadley on July 16, 2013 at 8:56 pm

    Wow! This is great! I would’ve never really thought of this.

    Thank you.


  7. Andy Shackcloth on July 18, 2013 at 1:57 am

    I watched a street artist the other day colouring on MDF wooden sheet.

    Fascinating to watch her chalk, then smudge, then chalk again as she slowly built up colour and texture to her work.
    It also seemed a very romantic medium with an intrinsic “soft focus” and pastel colours.

    Because her “canvas” was so huge It struck me that it was a very satisfying medium.

    Plus you get to wash it off, so it is only the chalk cost if pennies are tight.

    You may have guessed, it’s in my ‘will do’ list

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