Did you celebrate National Coloring Book Day today, August 2?
Did you even know about it? I believe in coloring for all ages. Today I worked on my new coloring/activity book; getting close to publishing! Learn more at end of this post.
Here are 8 valid reasons for you to celebrate National Coloring Book Day.
- Be a kid again; enjoy the lighter side. National Coloring Book Day is a day set aside to relax and have fun; do the unexpected; enjoy life.
- Coloring books can bring families and friends together. Children are made to feel special when parents, grandparents, and older siblings want to spend time with them. Coloring clubs are popping up in work places and community events.
- Coloring books are not just for kids. Dover Publishing Company published their first adult coloring book in 1970 featuring antique automobiles. Later they began publishing coloring books for children.
- Coloring can be a real stress reliever. No deadlines to conquer, no instructions to follow. Simply relax and focus on your project and let the worries of the day slip away. Many find their burdens seem much lighter after a day of coloring
- A coloring book project may actually help your brain to function. Some psychologists have determined that coloring helps motor skills in older adults and often aids in overall mental health. Coloring paired with puzzles are good methods of therapy.
- A day of coloring can unleash your creativity. It’s your page, you decide how you want it to look. Your grass doesn’t have to be green. You get to choose what makes you happy; you don’t even have to stay in the lines if you don’t want to.
- Coloring is often used to aid patients, young and old, recuperate. Coloring helps them focus on something positive and less on their pain or their circumstance at the time. Research is showing signs of this activity aid in slowing the progress of Alzheimer’s Disease in some patients.
- Last but not least, a coloring book is cheap decorating. Check out some of the DIY projects online. We all have adorned our fridge with children’s drawings. How about framing a few of theirs (and yours) for a gallery wall?
About my project: I am hopefully in the final stages of my first color and activity book for children/young adults. Some coloring pages can be personalized and the back of each page will have a … well, more on that later! I am so excited!
I challenge you to color something in the month of August. Seriously! Even if you “don’t color” and have no crayons. Use lead pencil and shade a picture … fun! Go online and download a free page. I want to hear from you on this one!
Are you going to travel in extreme heat?
Do not neglect to pack your car for travel in extreme heat. Even a short trip in 90-100 degree weather calls wise for planning.
Temperatures in 70s outside could mean 90-100 in a very few minutes in a stalled car.
Be prepared to wait safely in the heat for help when there is no shade.
How will you protect any elderly or small children with you from heat stroke? Do you know the signs of suffering a heat stroke? Learn what to watch for and how to be of help to those in need.
In winter we pack extra clothing, blankets, ice scrapers and such. In all seasons we need a first aid kit and roadside emergency lights. Here is a simple list of summer extras to prepare you for extreme heat travel.
- Drinking water: everyone should sip on water even if not thirsty. Even mild dehydration increases cardiac work and reduces fluid available for bodily functions.
- Large jugs or containers of water; cooling feet and hands in water will pull body temperature down quickly. Note the picture: the cows naturally seek shade and water to cool off in hot summer!
- Small towels and cloths to dampen and put on neck and shoulders. Pack a small basin to put feet in water and spray bottles to spritz water on faces to cool.
- Umbrellas: necessary especially if you are caught out in the open air with no breeze or shade available. Reminder: the goal is to get everyone outside the hot vehicle until help arrives.
- Pack extra comfortable shoes, lightweight clothing, wide-brimmed hats and sweat bands. Lightly colored cotton or linen fabrics retain less heat.
- Hand or battery operated fans are helpful to cool you off temporarily. However, keep in mind, some sweating is a good thing when it’s hot. It’s our body’s way of cooling us down. (No fans? Simply make sure you have some cardboard or card stock paper to use.)
- Sun shields for car windows to block out heat when temperatures allow you to stay inside vehicle. NOTE: Always use window shades to protect small children in the back seat. Never leave any child unattended in a vehicle, even for a few moments.
- Snacks should be “cooling foods.” Fresh, raw foods like vegetables and fruit provide extra hydration; heavier foods such as meats and protein-heavy foods can increase metabolic heat production and add to loss of water.
Good to remember: in hot summer months, smaller meals help keep your core temperature down. Large meals cause the body to work harder. Eating spicy peppers actually help cool you off by making you sweat and providing a cooling sensation.
Thanks for listening; be sure to share with others and comment on this post.
Here are more tips on helping the elderly keep cool in their homes from the National Center on Caregiving.