~I received Adult Activity Books from Ulysses Press for the purpose of reviewing. Opinions and stories are my own.~
As adults many of us are extremely busy or it at least feels that way. It is really nice to have some quiet relaxation time and one way to do that is with Adult Activity Books. Coloring is a meditative and enjoyable way to relax and a fun way to achieve a state of mindfulness. It also fosters creativity, reduces stress, and allows you to embrace your inner child. These 3 from Ulysses Press are a refreshing way to put the mind at ease.
Coloring Bird Mandalas: 30 Hand-Drawn Designs for Mindful Relaxation by Wendy Piersall offers you an imaginative array of avian images, including toucans, flamingos, peacocks, hummingbirds, owls and finches. The designs are intricate enough to be fun but not so much so that it is frustrating. The designs are absolutely perfect! Grab your fine point coloring pencils for this one and let everything else go and focus on the coloring.
Coloring Flower Mandala Postcards: 20 Hand-Drawn Designs for Mindful Relaxation by Wendy Piersall is a handy collection of floral mandalas—including roses, hydrangeas, tulips, and sunflowers each on a separate postcard. The postcards are nice because once I color them I either use them as decoration at my desk or mail it to a loved one. At 8×5 they are bigger than a traditional postcard and on the back side there is a place for a message, address and stamp. Extra postage is required since these are a larger size. I especially like this one because I can finish up one of these in a much needed 15 minute break.
Calming Dot to Dot: Intricate, Stunning, Stress-Relieving Patterns for Adults by Emily Wallis is packed with artistic, hand-drawn patterns. Achieve a state of mindfulness and reduce stress by just connecting the dots. As you progress from one numbered dot to the next, you’ll clear your mind of other thoughts, much like you would during a meditation exercise. I really love that there are no lines or indicators of what the picture will be. Each page is just full of numbered dots and you have to really focus to connect them. I had no idea connecting the dots could be this fun!
These 3 new releases from Ulysses Press bring back childhood favorites like coloring in a design and dot-to-dot puzzles. Each book encourages adults to step away from technology and pick up a pack of colored pencils or markers for complete mindful relaxation.