Coloring is not a new concept and has been around to as far back as the 1880s when the McLoughlin Brothers first published The Little Folks' Painting Book, in collaboration with Kate Greenaway (Wikipedia).
It sure was a fun activity as a child back when life was simpler. As you matured, coloring became more than just fun but also a pleasurable escape and respite to an otherwise stressful life.
It provides various spiritual, psychological, mental, and even social benefits.
Combined with journaling, which lets you go deep into your thoughts and emotions, coloring is even more powerful.
Consider these benefits from adult coloring:
Benefit #1: Adult Coloring Calms You
Have you heard of amygdala? It is that almond-shaped section of the nervous tissue located in the temporal (side) lobe of the brain. In simplistic terms, it is that part of your brain that has to do with your “fight or flight response.”
The amygdala gets activated when you’re overwhelmed, overworked, and anxious. It gets worked up and leaves you feeling panicked.
Coloring helps calm the amygdala, letting you get on with a more positive life experience.
Benefit #2: Adult Coloring Relieves Stress
Stress isn’t always negative. It can be positive. It can compel you to focus on the more important things, take steps to correct a problematic situation, or motivate you to work harder and more efficiently. This is positive stress at its best.
When stress is overwhelming, it becomes negative. Negative stress occurs when you focus on things you can’t change in life no matter how hard you try. It stems mostly from worry, which is a wasted emotion.
Adult coloring takes your mind off the things you fear or worry about, and it helps you focus on the here and now. It allows you to feel calmer and less stressed. You might even walk away from your coloring pages with a renewed sense of energy and a newfound sense of peace.
Benefit #3: Adult Coloring Encourages Mindfulness
Coloring a page takes a great deal of time and effort. It takes precision and careful thought. The amount of invested time you put into coloring brings about mindfulness.
Mindfulness is a process that brings your attention to what’s happening at the moment, not the past nor the future. It’s a proven subtle way to help you focus and be genuinely present in the now.
Mindfulness, when you are coloring, happens while engaged with the following activities:
- preparing your paints, pens and other materials
- making your brush strokes
- pushing your coloring pens onto the designs
- sharpening your tools
- and more.
Benefit #4: Adult Coloring Improves Mental Health
Coloring is an excellent way to improve mental health. Through coloring, you are able to:
- reflect on your life, both current and future
- gain valuable insights
- develop clarity about past experiences, current situations, and future directions
- achieve confidence, security, and stability through your interactions with people sharing your common interest in coloring.
Even if you aren’t anxious or too stressed, you can benefit from adult coloring. It’s designed to remind you of the simple pleasures of life.
You don’t need a ton of information to convince you of the power of coloring. You only need to do a page of adult coloring to realize that it’s not only addictive. It also does what this article promises!