Coloring is back and in a big way. The coloring trend has been big for a few years now. I remember when it first became a thing and people were a little skeptical about how coloring could seriously be an activity for adults. Surely, we left our coloring days behind us many years ago!
It seems not as it is now not so unusual to see “grown-ups” sitting in a café or on the bus coloring. So why do we like it so much? Is the comfort of going back to our childhood days? Or that we are in flow and mindful while we color? And how can we use coloring to help us? Welcome to the world of adult coloring.
Benefits of Coloring for Mental Health
When you were a child, you probably enjoyed using crayons and a coloring book, and today, you can also enjoy this activity by using adult coloring pages. There are multiple mental health benefits from coloring therapy, so you should participate in this activity as much as possible.
Relieving Your Depression
If you feel depressed, then coloring therapy can lift your mood. When you are feeling sad, you can choose brightly colored crayons and coloring pages that have a positive or happy theme.
Use crayon colors such as yellow, orange or red to stimulate the emotional center of your brain while you create artwork such as flowers. While coloring, concentrate on positive thoughts and say positive affirmations to yourself.
Preventing Dementia Conditions
It has been suggested that coloring can possibly help reduce dementia. Use adult coloring books and an assortment of crayons or color pencils to create gorgeous artwork while protecting your brain at the same time.
You can find adult coloring books and pages that will stimulate the synapses in your brain so that you won’t develop Alzheimer’s disease. It is easy to take coloring pages and crayons with you to other locations such as when you are visiting your grandchildren.
Reducing Your Anxiety Levels
If you suffer from anxiety, then find adult coloring books that focus on mindfulness so that you can feel more in the moment. The best crayon colors to reduce anxiety include shades of blue or pale pink.
These soothing colors can help you to feel calmer, and you will notice that your breathing becomes slower while your symptoms of digestive stress may also decline when you use an adult coloring book.
Stimulating Your Own Creativity
After using adult coloring books for a few weeks, you may notice that you are becoming more creative. In addition to coloring with crayons, you might want to write poetry, play the piano or paint on a canvas. When it has been many years since you enjoyed creating any type of art, coloring with crayons can stimulate the part of your brain that is creative.
Where Can You Find Coloring Pages for Adults?
You can find coloring pages and books for adults at local or online stores. In addition, it is possible to download and print coloring pages on a computer and printer so that you can choose from a wide assortment of artwork themes.
If you haven’t tried it but always fancied giving it a go, I would highly recommend it. It can be a really positive distraction if you’re having one of those days when your thoughts just won’t leave you alone.
And what better excuse to squeeze a bit of you time in than, “I’ve got to go and do my daily coloring!” Your inner child will thank you and who knows what talents you might unlock.