Need a break after assisting your kids with virtual school? Or something to help you unwind before heading off to bed? Look no further than your arts and crafts drawer.
National Crayon Day is March 31, and this year Crayola wants parents to get in on the coloring fun. Sketch a self-portrait, craft a heartwarming card for a friend or family member, or illustrate your next big idea — lightbulb and all. Just meditating for 5 minutes with a sparkly crayon in hand can help get those creative juices flowing.
Need more inspiration? Crayola is also offering craft ideas, printable adult coloring pages and more on its website.
Don’t worry if you’re a little rusty. In no time, you might find yourself feeling like a kid again.
Plus, putting crayons to paper has some serious psychological benefits for stressed-out parents. Research shows coloring reduces anxiety and boosts mindfulness, almost like the effects of meditating, according to Cleveland Clinic. It has physical health bonuses, too—adults can improve their sleep, focus and motor skills with some coloring.
Whether you’ve got an adult coloring book or just want to freestyle, there’s no wrong way to celebrate this colorful holiday.