Trending: Adult Coloring Books

This just might be the easiest way to de-stress.

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Plenty of medical studies have proven that art heals. For instance, a report from a few years ago concluded that art therapy helped adult cancer patients see decreases in symptoms of physical and emotional stress during their treatments.  

But it’s not just those battling serious diseases who are seeing the benefits from creating art. Adult coloring books have become a major trend this year, in part because the act of coloring is meditative and allows you to de-stress. "It's a movement meditation that brings you into the present moment," says Kimberly Wulfert, PhD, a clinical psychologist and meditation teacher based in Ventura, California. "Thinking is at a minimum when filling in empty spaces with colors you like; it's akin to meditating on your breath," Wulfert adds. Sophisticated coloring books that feature everything from nature scenes to pop culture icons are creeping up best-seller and holiday wish lists alike.

In a week where many eyes are focused on art (hello, Art Basel Miami), we’re stocking up on the best adult coloring books and de-stressing while channeling our inner-artists.