When we consider the phenomenon of coloring books, we often think of children. However, in recent years, coloring books have popular among adults and offer an affordable and fun way to stay present and let go of the stressors of daily life. All you need to get started is a coloring book and your choice of crayons, colored pencils, or markers. These stress relievers have taken off in popularity for adults, due in no small part to the science backing the activity. If you’re looking for more reasons to get started, take a peek at the rest of our blog below.
Looking at color may reduce pain and anxiety.
Ever heard of art therapy? At its core, art therapy is therapy rooted in the healing powers of art, color, and other aesthetics. Art therapy might sound ineffective, but according to one study, researchers found that participating in art therapy for an average of 50 minutes significantly improved hospital patients’ moods and lowered levels of pain and anxiety.
Coloring can calm your busy or overworked mind.
Coloring requires basic, repetitive motions, which makes it great for stress relief. Why? Well, these motions engage parts of the cerebral cortex while relaxing the amygdala, the brain's fear center. Not to mention, coloring can urge your mind to shift its focus from daily stressors to more in-the-moment observations, like what the crayon feels like between your fingers.
Coloring can inspire you in many ways.
As a child, you enjoyed plenty of open-ended, unstructured playtime. As an adult, these opportunities are fewer and further between. Coloring can fill that void by engaging your mind while giving it plenty of space to wander. According to experts, it’s in these moments of unstructured engagement that many new ideas pop up. Pick up coloring at home, and you may find that it leads to a stroke of genius!
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