BY On Dec 03, 2017 Free
Just like guided meditation, coloring allows us to switch off our brains from other thoughts and worries and focus only on the moment, helping to alleviate stress and anxiety. It can be particularly effective for people who aren`t comfortable with more creatively expressive forms of art, like painting or writing. The participants who are more guarded find a lot of tranquility in coloring images. It feels safer for them and it creates containment around the coloring process.
Among the other benefits of adult coloring in books, they also claim to enjoy recapturing the nostalgia of childhood by engaging in an activity usually reserved for children. It takes people back to a simpler time, and can also be a way for parents to connect and bond with their children by sitting down to color in with them. Of course, many parents have been happily coloring in kids’ books for years, but now they have choices that are not limited to Dora the Explorer or SpongeBob SquarePants
Coloring books for adults is an offspring of art therapy which is a mental health profession that is the process of making and creating artwork which intends to "explore feelings, reconcile emotional conflicts, foster self-awareness, manage behavior and addictions, develop social skills, improve reality orientation, reduce anxiety and increase self-esteem" (according to the American Art Therapy Association). So basically, it`s similar to good old therapy. Also, art therapy is not only about mental health and improving yourself - it`s a form of personal expression, as well.
Despite the fact that coloring does offer a slew of mental benefits, it`s not the same as therapy. Working through coloring pages definitely has therapeutic potential to reduce anxiety, create focus or bring about more mindfulness, according to the industry researchers. Based on groundbreaking research in 2005 it was proven that anxiety levels dropped when subjects colored complex coloring pages for adults or mandalas, which are round frames with geometric patterns inside.
In summary, coloring for adults appears to be a growing past-time that allows adults to relax and unplug from the stress in their lives, by engaging in a hands-on activity that involves minimal commitment and maximum nostalgia.
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