We have all seen hundreds of adult coloring books printed these past few years like crazy.
Is there something magical about coloring?
I know my daughter loved it as a child and would spend hours coloring while I worked around the house. She seemed to be in the zone when she did it not aware of anything else going on. As adults, we may not think about adult coloring but I know not thinking about our troubles sounds good.
Maybe there is a good thing going on with the idea of adult coloring. I thought it was worth a shot to look into the benefits of how to de-stress with adult coloring.
PSYCHOLOGICAL BENEFITS OF COLORING
I know as parents teaching our kids to color inside the lines is a big deal. I am not sure why because eventually our kids will learn how to.
What is nice about coloring pages is that the lines are thick so it is easy to stay inside the lines. And for those of us who do not want to stay inside the lines, who cares, we have no one to tell us otherwise.
When you color carefree (like a child) something magical happens.
You stop thinking about being perfect and you feel free. Free to color inside or outside the lines. Free to make a choice.
Free to forget about your worries and just focus on the page and colors in front of you. It is a time to relax.
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Now I am not saying that coloring is equal to therapy but it does make us focus our attention on something that is not stressful.
What happens when we do non-stressful things?Our minds and bodies relax and open us up to new possibilities.
Our thought pattern gets interrupted, even if just for a little while. During this time, we go back to childhood, where things were as simple as just trying to stay inside the lines. Oh and the colors we use help to express and release our emotions.
The best part, coloring can be done by anyone. You don’t have to be an artist or even creative to color. Make sure to use a color medium you love and that does not smudge. There is nothing more frustrating than working on a project and have it ruined.
Below are my favorites because they are rich in color and can be used for much more than adult coloring. I use them in my bullet journal and also in my planner.