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Forget habits like drinking and over-eating–the newest wave in stress relief has arrived in the form of crayons and markers.

Grown-ups everywhere have begun taking part in a phenomenon known as “adult coloring,” using specially designed books that are a bit more complex than those created for children.UNICEF-art-therapy-after-earthquake-Nepal

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“It allows us to be innocent again, in some respects,” coloring book enthusiast Shyla Jannusch told NBC News.“Coloring is also meditative for me, because I just forget everything else and live in the moment.”

Jannusch said she believes adult coloring books (see some of them here on Amazon) may have become a favorite pastime for adults because it offers a sense of nostalgia. She hosts coloring parties and started her own Facebook group, Coloring for All, to spread the fun.

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