Stress and anxiety hit college students especially hard due to the pressures of being alone and more importantly studying and balancing their social and academic lives. While some students develop bad habits and some good ones to deal with stress, a blast from the past might be the most useful method in coping with the mental hurdles they face: Coloring books.


Coloring books for adults have been around for quite some time, however due to recent mental health relevance, the books have experienced a large jump in interest and sales for adults. According to professional psychologist Dr. Scott Bea of the Cleveland Clinic, coloring books have everything to do with diverting our attention to something else. Bea lists the three key reasons as: Attention flows away from ourselves, Relaxes the brain, and Low stakes make it pleasurable.


To get students started on their way to relieving anxiety and panic attacks, here are there great and cheap books (with reviews) to help them get started!


The first adult coloring book on this list is Secret Garden: An Inky Treasure Hunt and Coloring Book by Johanna Basford. This coloring book has sold over 11 million copies and is rated best selling coloring book for adults on Amazon. This book can be found on for $9.97 and is eligible for Amazon Prime shipping.




The second adult coloring book on this list is Adult Coloring Book: Stress Relieving Animal Designs, published by Blue Star Coloring, and has been a New York Times Best Seller. This creative coloring book can be found on Amazon for $5.95 and is Amazon Prime eligible. This specific coloring book features over 30 animal coloring pictures.





Balance (Angie’s Extreme Stress Menders Volume 1) by best selling coloring book artist, Angie Grace, and is the perfect book to get lost in and relieve stress at the same time. It features many circular art drawings that have been proven to reduce stress and anxiety. This book is sold on Amazon for $11.95 and is Amazon Prime eligible.



Check these and many more to relieve stress build-up and also calm your brain!

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