A FRIEND BROUGHT ME TWO COLORING BOOKS when I was hugely pregnant at age 39 and suffering with tree-trunk ankles. My particular (read “peculiar”) emotional state could have been described, I guess, as “touchy, stressed, and a little crazy.”
My relationship with my husband was, at the time, very strained. I was filled with fear about how to have a baby and what to do with it when it arrived. Oh, yeah, and my father had died just months before the baby was due.
So, I guess I had a lot to be stressed about. Ya think?
The coloring books my friend brought were nothing like I’d seen before. They were printed on translucent, plasticky stuff, and the drawings were beautiful, one book of angel pictures, and one of butterflies. Along with the books, my friend gave me a brand new set of colored pencils. She gently told me I could color and relax while I put my swollen feet up. It was a small act of great love, and I did as she suggested.
And it helped me through.
Self care is a litany I recite often and practice slightly less-often. I always come back to it, though, as I do in my posts. Coloring is in my Self-Care Toolbox, along with doodling with pencils, good pens, or Sharpie® markers. It doesn’t matter if you’re good at it. I pride myself on coloring outside the lines, actually.
Go ahead and find something to do with your hands that frees your mind from worry and fear for a little while. While you’re at it, you may find yourself praying or meditating or even hearing from God. (It happens to me!) Washing dishes does it for me. So does showering or driving or cutting up vegetables for dinner. But coloring doesn’t ever feel like a chore. And it’s COLORFUL. I need more of that in my life, don’t you?
Oh, FYI: colored pencils didn’t work well on the translucent pages, so I switched to my trusty Sharpie®s. Crayons worked, too. I suggest you check out what kind of material the book is made of and use what works.
Here’s one of the books my friend gave me. You can click on it to buy from Amazon, if you’d like. They have loads of other ones, too.
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