If you’re feeling stressed,  a low-stakes activity like coloring can help the mind unwind. It doesn’t have to be something worthy of taping up on the refrigerator, but if you liked coloring as a kid then you’ll probably like it as an adult, too. Plus, now you can do it with a glass of Pinot in your free hand.

A huge pro of coloring is that, whether you use our printable page below or an adult coloring book, it doesn’t involve a screen. Light in general (but particularly blue light from LED bulbs and electronic devices) suppresses the release of melatonin, the hormone that helps keep your internal clock and sleep schedule on track. If you find yourself struggling to fall asleep at night, this or other hobbies like knitting and origami, could help! 

With the recent adult coloring book craze there are a ton of options on the market. They tend to be more intricate and have both higher paper quality and wider selection of themes than coloring books for children, and the only one who decides whether or not you should stay inside the lines is you. Pick one up if you like, or get started now with the free Emeritus coloring page below. Pour yourself a glass of wine and break out the crayons, markers, or colored pencils!

If you color this in and do feel like hanging it up on the proverbial refrigerator, post it on social media and either tag us or use #ShareEmeritus!