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Oct 11, 2022

Multimedia artist and author Mackenzie Bakewell introduces the “mindful coloring method” and shares with us the intuitive and meditative benefits of coloring that anyone – even without artistic experience – can incorporate into their everyday life as a way to relieve stress and improve focus.

Tune in to this episode on How to Embrace Gratitude, Relaxation & Mindfulness with Mackenzie Bakewell.

Key points covered in this episode: 

✔️ Get into coloring. Mackenzie Backwell teaches the steps to get started.

  • Settle in, and do it.
  • Grab the first color you’re drawn to.
  • Take a moment to celebrate.

✔️ Studies prove coloring is for stress relief. Even just doodling or drawing for 45 minutes can significantly lower our cortisol levels. “You’re actively helping your body decrease stress and get to a relaxed state,” Mackenzie Bakewell adds.

✔️ Focus on the benefits. What if coloring isn’t just your jam? Look at the mental and psychological pros: more relaxation time, a chance to calm down, eliminates mental fog, and a handy destresser.

✔️ Include it in your routine. Seventy-one percent of Americans look at their phones upon waking up. Do it first thing in the morning. You can also treat it as your transition time before working or using any devices.

✔️ There’s no right way to color. “I’m not good at coloring. What if my art looks ugly?” Coloring is a fun activity, so don’t take it too seriously! Let your breath and heart guide you in playing with colors.

✔️ Coloring is meditation. Without overthinking it, coloring draws us into the present – we’re just there, shading between the lines and doing the task at hand.


Mackenzie Bakewell is a multimedia artist and author based in the Pacific Northwest. 

Her artwork is inspired by a lifetime of exploring nature and new places with a camera and sketchbook in hand, capturing the animals met and adventures had. 

Her passion for book publishing has led to the creation of her own coloring book product line, which features her book, Journey of Colors, as well as color-your-own postcards, journals, posters, and more. 

Mackenzie is also the author of ‘Coloring is Good for You: 13 Reasons to Color Daily,’ where she shares her simple mindful coloring method and creative ways to use coloring to enhance the quality of your day.

Free Gift for Listeners:

Sign-up and get Free Mindful Coloring eBook with Printable Coloring Pages 

Books on Amazon:

'Journey of Colors: Coloring Book and Guide to Technique'

'Coloring is Good for You: 13 Reasons to Color Daily'

'Island Time Coloring Journal'

'Rise&Shine Coloring Journal'

'Relax&Unwind Coloring Journal'

Website link: 

Instagram, Twitter, Facebook: @ZieBeeMedia


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