Believe it or not, coloring can be just the activity you need to free yourself from the pressures of day-to-day living. Sounds a bit wacky if you’re an adult, right? Well, this is the one childhood activity that you shouldn’t be ashamed to practice; you should embrace it. Coloring is an effective way to calm the mind, focus your attention, and release the negatives that have invaded your mind.
Coloring is more than trying to stay inside the lines and choose the best colors for shapes that appear on the page. It’s an activity that can transform your state of mind and the quality of your life.
Ready for a mental rejuvenation? Here’s why coloring books are your go-to health remedy.
Knowing how to manage your stress can save your life (literally!). Whenever you need to release the stressful buildup inside of you, pull out a coloring book and allow the anxiety to melt away. If you don’t learn how to control your stress now, your stress can control you later. Research shows that high levels of cortisol from constant stress can lead to high blood pressure and increased blood cholesterol. This puts you at risk for heart disease and stroke. One simple (and free!) activity such as coloring could reduce all of these risk factors.
Are you looking for an activity to boost work performance? As childish as this may sound, coloring provides a great way to engage the mind and enhance memory retention. These are all important benefits when you are trying to do complex equations or market research. Adding color stimulates the brain and accelerates the learning process. So if you want to gain recognition for your unparalleled productivity, bring out the coloring books and watch how your performance improves.
Do you have a hard time falling asleep? It’s probably because you have too much going on in your mind. It’s time to give your mind a break. Research has shown that coloring is a great relaxation technique. When your mind is calm and at ease, it’s easier to fall into a soothing state of sleep. If you’re looking to sleep longer, go one step further and paint your room blue to create a warm, cozy feeling around you.
There are a growing number of people who are diagnosed with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder every year. Coloring might be a good cure for hyperactive minds. Coloring is an activity that requires your full attention and gives you the resources you need to learn how to focus. The more you color, the more you’ll increase your attention span and be able to perform other activities for a extended period of time without your mind begging for attention.
Coloring takes you outside of your norm and forces you to create a masterpiece that is a reflection of your current thoughts. All you have to do is grab the most stimulating colors for your project and let your hands lead the way. When your creative energy starts flowing, you gain a sense of energy to do more of the things you love.
Move into Mindfulness
The intricate patterns you see in adult coloring books take you to a different place. It forces you to think of the best way to bring the shapes to life through your coloring creativity. This intense thought is a way to practice mindfulness. Mindfulness is a way to be present in the moment and release the negative thoughts that try to invade the mind. You’ll also discover some health and therapeutic benefits that will allow you to approach life in a new way.