Hey I am not knocking it, people enjoy them and it is good to de-stress BUT I go to the art mag section of book stores now and they have taken over.
This Sociologist, Frank Furedi, in his article on the subject calls it The McDonaldisation of the Mind. It's worth a read.
It's a harmless fad, people have fun with it, but I agree with some of the comments by Frank Furedi.
"But whatever their calming effect, they are clearly an inferior alternative to art therapy. The colouring-in of mass-produced designs probably won’t challenge your creative powers. Free drawing, making your own art and design, is far more likely to engage and enhance your imaginative insight."
While a harmless fun fad there is just NO comparison to the power that comes from creating your own work. I know not everyone is an artist, BUT there are some amazing ways to create and get longer lasting theraputic benefits.
Knitting or joining a knitting group
Health Benefits of YarnCrafting
How Taking Photographs can Improve Your Mental Health