Coloring is an fun activity that we usually associate with children. We grow up, get busy and put up our crayons and colored pencils in exchange for laundry, cooking & dishes. As it turns out though coloring can be a wonderful stress relief for adults. It’s not just for kids anymore.
Have you noticed the influx of adult coloring books in stores? There’s a reason. Coloring truly does de-stress as well as help us get in touch with our creative side.
When we color, we activate different areas of our two cerebral hemispheres.
In simplest terms, COLORING has a de-stressing effect because as we focus on one activity, we focus on only the activity and not on our stressors. It also triggers our imagination and sweeps us back to our childhood. Many psychologists have begun to recommend coloring as a way to relax and relieve anxiety.
If you’ve yet to try coloring as a relaxation technique, give it a try. Be sure to use colored pencils or crayons as opposed to markers that may go through the paper or give you a headache. Grab yourself an adult color
book or better yet, ask Santa for one and have a wonderful & stress free Christmas!