Coloring is not a new concept. It’s been there since childhood, but it’s one that many people understand little of. Sure, it is fun. It reminds you of a simpler time in life when you were little and coloring was a fun pastime.
As you matured, coloring is not simply a fun pastime. It has become a pleasurable escape and respite to an otherwise distressed and stressful life. It benefits in so many ways – physical, spiritual, psychological, mental, and even social.
Combined with journaling, which lets you go deep into your thoughts and emotions, coloring becomes 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: Coloring Relieves Stress
Stress isn’t always negative. It may be positive as well. For instance, it may 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, however, it is 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: 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 these 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: Coloring Improves Mental Health
Coloring is an excellent way to improve mental health. You needn’t suffer from health issues to try out coloring to help you improve your life, either.
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 life has to offer.
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!