Introducing My Free, Printable Overcoming Overwhelm Coloring Pages!
I know that it’s hard to make the time for self-care. Life gets in the way, and there are so many other things to do all the time. Even if you lived on Mars and could capture an extra hour in every day (fun fact, Mars has 25-hour days!), you’d still be hard pressed to get everything done.
The good news is that you don’t have to do it all!
What you can do is take the time to identify what is most important to do so you can make the most of your time and effort. Ultimately this means removing things from your plate that are keeping you from feeling your best, whether that’s cutting back on sugar or letting go of one of your volunteer positions at your kid’s school. But in the meantime, taking just a few minutes here and there, where you can, to give yourself a break from the chaos, or even give yourself a break within the chaos, goes a long way to feeling healthy, happy, and productive.
And it doesn’t have to be hard.
I came up with the idea for these coloring pages as part of a book I’m working on called The Stress-Less Strategy which holds that if you think about stress differently, as the accumulation of both big and small things, you play a much more active role in controlling your health, energy, and state of mind. In other words, small changes lead to big results.
These small changes might be removing stressors, or they might be adding in little things here and there that relieve stress without being an additional burden to your already overwhelming to-do list. And they should be fun, not tedious.
Adult coloring fits that bill, and I was excited that through this medium I could also present some of the ideas in The Stress-Less Strategy- “be gentle with yourself, you can’t fail at self-care,” “growing takes time,” “there is magic in changing your perspective.” It took me about a minute and a half to figure out who to ask to do the art- my lovely friend Allison Jones. She drew me a sample page, it was perfect. The final art concepts were drawn from my own instagram feed and specific ideas from the book.
Coloring is a great way to quiet your mind and give yourself a break. And any break is a helpful break.
Print them out and plan a little break in your day today or tomorrow.
Five minutes, ten minutes, fifteen minutes, whatever might work for you. I like to color before bed because sleep is always a challenge for me and it helps to turn my brain away from the day, but really any time is fine. I’ve also found it can feel particularly good to steal away a little bit of time to do something fun in the middle of a particularly busy day. In the end, paradoxically, it helps me accomplish even more. Give it a try, what do you have to lose?