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Adult coloring big in Davis County
by JENNIFFER WARDELL
Mar 14, 2017 | 5105 views | 0 0 comments | 426 426 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Mandy Martin coloring with her children, Isaiah (left) and London.
Courtesy photo
Mandy Martin coloring with her children, Isaiah (left) and London. Courtesy photo
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Coloring isn’t just for kids anymore.  

With coloring books on a variety of subjects filling the shelves and more and more coloring pages popping up online, adult coloring is a trend that keeps gaining in popularity. Whether it’s de-stressing, connecting with others or getting the chance to re-discover their creative sides, grown-ups from all across Davis County are rediscovering the benefits of pulling out a box of crayons. 

“It’s a lot of fun,” said Tanner Latham, who lives by Hill Air Force Base. “It’s a fantastic way to do something that takes you away from adult life and feel like a kid again.”

For Mandy Martin, a Bountiful resident and mother of two, coloring has helped her unplug from the stress that fills the rest of her life. Science shows that coloring can help lessen stress levels, both by reminding people of their childhoods and giving them something to focus on other than whatever issue is stressing them out. 

“I have always had a lot of anxiety and been a very stressed person,” she said. “But (coloring) makes me stop and focus. I found it to be very soothing and helped a lot with my stress.”

It also gave her the perfect opportunity to spend more quality time with her two children. Though she felt she was previously distracted by housework, the coloring gave them an activity they could all enjoy together. 

“I love being able to sit and talk with my kids as I am spending time with them,” she said. “My son loves to draw and my daughter loves to color. I would usually just let them do it while I was busy cleaning or working, but finally I learned to stop, breath, communicate with my kids and do things they enjoyed.”

Adult coloring programs are popping up all across the county. Assisted living facilities such as Heritage Place and Legacy House use coloring to help residents on a therapeutic level, and a Layton Coffee and Coloring weekly activity recently appeared on the website Meetup. Latham, who signed up to take part in the activity, felt like it would be a unique way to meet people.

“I’m a very social person, and love to make new friends and spend time with them,” he said. “I thought this would be a fun way to meet like-minded people and make new friends.”

Adult coloring can also give you the chance to win big. The Clipper is including an adult category in their upcoming coloring contest, with prizes including $100 in cash, Visa gift cards, and musical instruments. 

Those interested in entering the contest should watch the Clipper in the coming weeks for details. Retailers who would like to sponsor pages in the coloring contest should talk to Brad Roghaar, Reed Stahle or Wendy Waller at 801-295-2251. 

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