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10 Intricate Adult Coloring Books to Help You De-Stress

ANIMORPHIA, Amazon
ANIMORPHIA, Amazon

Though coloring is usually a pastime associated with kids, there are plenty of adult coloring books on the market—and there might be benefits for adults who color, too. Some suggest coloring can be used as a relaxation technique, and according to one study published in a 2011 issue of the journal Art Therapy, coloring intricate patterns can reduce anxiety. Researchers from Knox College had 84 college students think about an anxiety-producing situation, then asked them to color either a mandala, a plaid pattern, or a blank piece of paper. The study found that students who were coloring the mandalas and plaid patterns "experienced more reduction in anxiety than did the unstructured coloring group," which suggested that "structured coloring of a reasonably complex geometric pattern may induce a meditative state that benefits individuals suffering from anxiety." (It's worth noting that the students didn't have anxiety disorders, so coloring is probably best for minor anxiety, and not necessarily for clinical anxiety.) Here are a few hyper-detailed coloring books that you can use to help you chill out.

1. LOST OCEAN

This nautical coloring book by Johanna Basford is sure to tickle any seafarer's fancy.

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2. TROPICAL WORLD

You'll probably want to break out your brightest colored pencils and pens to make the tropical animals of this book really pop.

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3. TIME CHAMBER 

Follow a small fairy as she enters the human world and sees everything from a new viewpoint. Color in the ornate objects that the tiny magical being encounters on her journey.

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4. COLOR THERAPY 

This book was specially made with stress in mind. Each section utilizes a different hue, so users can pick the color that matches their mood. 

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5. COLOR ME CALM

Therapist Lacy Mucklow and artist Angela Porter worked together to create 100 different designs to color when you're feeling stressed out.

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6. SPLENDID CITIES 

This delightful coloring book features a number of different real-life cities like London and Moscow—and some imaginary ones as well.

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7. ANIMORPHIA 

Kerby Rosanes' animals explode into astounding detail that demands to be colored with as many different colors as you have. 

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8. CREATURES GREAT AND SMALL

This coloring book is both relaxing and educational, providing the owner with valuable information about the subjects on each page.

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9. THE ANCIENT ALCHEMY COLORING BOOK

Color in sacred symbols and designs like celtic knots, mandalas, and more.

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10. COLOR YOUR OWN VAN GOGH

Ever see a painting in a museum and think you could have picked out a better color scheme? Now is your chance!

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The Secret World War II History Hidden in London's Fences

In South London, the remains of the UK’s World War II history are visible in an unlikely place—one that you might pass by regularly and never take a second look at. In a significant number of housing estates, the fences around the perimeter are actually upcycled medical stretchers from the war, as the design podcast 99% Invisible reports.

During the Blitz of 1940 and 1941, the UK’s Air Raid Precautions department worked to protect civilians from the bombings. The organization built 60,000 steel stretchers to carry injured people during attacks. The metal structures were designed to be easy to disinfect in case of a gas attack, but that design ended up making them perfect for reuse after the war.

Many London housing developments at the time had to remove their fences so that the metal could be used in the war effort, and once the war was over, they were looking to replace them. The London County Council came up with a solution that would benefit everyone: They repurposed the excess stretchers that the city no longer needed into residential railings.

You can tell a stretcher railing from a regular fence because of the curves in the poles at the top and bottom of the fence. They’re hand-holds, designed to make it easier to carry it.

Unfortunately, decades of being exposed to the elements have left some of these historic artifacts in poor shape, and some housing estates have removed them due to high levels of degradation. The Stretcher Railing Society is currently working to preserve these heritage pieces of London infrastructure.

As of right now, though, there are plenty of stretchers you can still find on the streets. If you're in the London area, this handy Google map shows where you can find the historic fencing.

[h/t 99% Invisible]

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This Glowing Blanket Is Designed to Ease Kids' Fear of the Dark
The Force Field Cloak
The Force Field Cloak

Many kids have a security blanket they bring to bed with them every night, but sometimes, a regular blankie is no match for the monsters that invade their imaginations once the lights are off. Now there’s a glow-in-the-dark blanket designed to make children feel safer in bed, no night light required.

Dubbed the Force Field Cloak, the fleece blanket comes in several colorful, glowing patterns that remain invisible during the day. At night, you leave the blanket under a bright light for about 10 minutes, then the shining design will reveal itself in the dark. The glow lasts 8 to 10 hours, just long enough to get a child through the night.

Inventor Terry Sachetti was inspired to create the blanket by his own experiences struggling with scary nighttime thoughts as a kid. "I remember when I was young and afraid of the dark. I would lie in my bed at night, and my imagination would start getting the best of me," he writes on the product's Kickstarter page. "I would start thinking that someone or something was going to grab my foot that was hanging over the side of the bed. When that happened, I would put my foot back under my blanket where I knew I was safe. Nothing could get me under my blanket. No boogiemen, no aliens, no monsters under my bed, nothing. Sound familiar?"

The Force Field Cloak, which has already surpassed its funding goals on both Indiegogo and Kickstarter, takes the comfort of a blanket to the next level. The glowing, non-toxic ink decorating the material acts as a gentle night light that kids can wrap around their whole body. The result, the team claims, is a secure feeling that quiets those thoughts about bad guys hiding in the shadows.

To pre-order a Force Field Cloak, you can pledge $36 or more to the product’s Indiegogo campaign. It is expected to start shipping in January 2018.

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