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Top 10 Coloring Books for Stress Relief and Relaxation

Are you seeking a way to unwind after a long day and take a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life? Coloring books for adults have become increasingly popular for their ability to reduce stress and promote relaxation. In this blog post, we'll introduce you to the top 10 coloring books designed specifically to help you find inner peace and tranquility.

A garden with a wood table, a coloring book and art supplies
A calming outdoor setting such as a garden with a coloring book and art supplies

1. Secret Garden: An Inky Treasure Hunt and Coloring Book by Johanna Basford. One of the pioneers of the adult coloring book craze, Johanna Basford's Secret Garden is filled with intricate, hand-drawn illustrations of beautiful flowers, plants, and animals waiting to be brought to life with color. Lose yourself in the magical world of this enchanting garden.

2. The Mindfulness Coloring Book: Anti-Stress Art Therapy for Busy People by Emma Farrarons. This pocket-sized coloring book is perfect for busy individuals seeking a moment of peace and relaxation. The Mindfulness Coloring Book features a variety of intricate patterns and designs aimed at calming your mind and helping you focus on the present moment.

3. Color Me Calm: 100 Coloring Templates for Meditation and Relaxation by Lacy Mucklow and Angela Porter. Color Me Calm is a unique collaboration between art therapist Lacy Mucklow and illustrator Angela Porter. The book contains 100 beautiful designs organized into seven therapeutically-themed chapters to help you relax and destress.

4. Stress Relieving Patterns by Blue Star Coloring. This collection of stress-relieving patterns features intricate designs that will challenge and engage your creativity while helping you forget about daily worries. With a variety of themes, including nature, geometric patterns, and more, there's something for everyone in this book.

5. Tranquil Trees: Adult Coloring Book by Thaneeya McArdle. Experience the calming power of nature with Tranquil Trees, an adult coloring book filled with detailed illustrations of beautiful trees, leaves, and forests. Thaneeya McArdle's captivating designs will transport you to a serene, natural world.

6. The Time Garden: A Magical Journey and Coloring Book by Daria Song. Daria Song's The Time Garden is a beautifully illustrated, whimsical story that doubles as a coloring book. Follow the tale of a young girl who discovers a magical world in her grandfather's clock while coloring the detailed, imaginative illustrations.

7. Balance: Angie's Extreme Stress Menders Volume 1 by Angie Grace. Angie Grace's Balance is designed to help you unwind with soothing, symmetrical patterns. The book features a variety of calming designs that are perfect for those looking to escape the chaos of everyday life and find balance through coloring.

8. Creative Haven Entangled Coloring Book by Dr. Angela Porter. Featuring 31 intricate, entangled designs, this coloring book offers an array of patterns inspired by nature, geometric shapes, and abstract concepts. Let your creativity flow as you bring these complex designs to life with color.

9. The Art of Mandala: Adult Coloring Book Featuring Beautiful Mandalas by Jason Hamilton. Dive into the world of mandalas with this collection of 50 beautifully designed illustrations. These intricate, circular patterns symbolize the universe and are known to promote relaxation and spiritual growth.

10. Calm the Fck Down: An Irreverent Adult Coloring Book by Sasha O'Hara. For those who enjoy a touch of humor, Calm the Fck Down offers a creative way to relieve stress through coloring. This book is filled with hilarious and irreverent illustrations, perfect for those who want to unwind with a laugh.


Coloring books for stress relief and relaxation have become an essential tool for many adults seeking a creative outlet and a way to unwind from daily stressors. These top 10 coloring books offer a wide range of themes, styles, and levels of complexity, ensuring that everyone can find a book that suits their needs and preferences. Whether you're new to adult coloring or a seasoned artist, these coloring books can help you escape into a world of creative expression and tranquility. So, don't hesitate to give yourself the gift of relaxation and self-care by exploring these fantastic coloring books. After all, taking time to care for your mental and emotional well-being is vital in today's fast-paced world. Happy coloring!


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