It is pretty rare that I actually click on a Facebook ad for an app download but when I saw ReColor pop up, I was intrigued. The ad pitched ReColor as a way to meditate and de-stress through coloring. I thought back to the hours that I used to spend on paint by numbers when I was younger and remembered how calming it was.
“Coloring is an activity that we tend to associate with children. As we grow older, we put aside our crayons and colored pencils in favor of more respectable writing utensils like pens and highlighters. However, it turns out coloring can be beneficial for adults — namely for its de-stressing power.” –HuffPost
ReColor is basically a digital coloring book for adults. The app is free and comes with some in app purchase options for additional illustrations beyond the 30 free ones they offer their users. For about $5 you get 170 additional pictures to choose from ranging from animals and sugar skulls to abstract images and flowers. There are a ton of different color palettes to choose from which are all designed for stress relieving coloring.
This tiger took about 20 minutes and was actually oddly rewarding to color in. I am surprised to admit how hooked I am with the ReColor app.
This is a great time killer and because many of the images have super small lines and shapes to fill in it really does take your mind off of everything else around you. Of course distractions like texts, emails and tweets along with all of the other notifications that we receive through out the day still pop up but this app really is a great way to quickly escape and give yourself a mental break.
And while tapping on a screen will never replace the feeling of a colored pencil or paint to paper all I can say is I was never much good at coloring in the lines anyway.
Do you have a go to app for stress relief? Please share it with me.