If you suffer from stress and anxiety, you are not alone. Luckily, there is a new trend amount adult that reduces stress, help one be more mindful, and manage anxiety: coloring for adults!! From accountants, bankers, doctors, to recovering addicts, to celebrities, and stay home moms, many people are enjoying the healing properties of coloring.
There are a variety of coloring books for adults on the market. Twelve of the 20 best sellers books on Amazon are coloring books. Also, Pinterest has spread the word about this amazing phenomenon with several coloring boards, techniques and free printable templates.
The Question → Is coloring truly an effective healing modality?
In an interview with FoxNews, New York-based clinical psychologist Dr. Ben Michaelis expressed that indeed coloring possesses calming properties. It is a structured activity; it activates the logic part of the brain, and generates a creative mindset.
“Because it’s a centering activity, the amygdala, which is the part of the brain that is involved with our fear response, actually gets a bit, a little bit of a rest,” Michaelis said, “and it ultimately has a really calming effect over time.”
Additionally, people feel that with coloring they don’t need to verbalize the stress they are experiencing, instead they can release their emotions through the use of color, shapes and artistic patterns.
Knowing that coloring can be a healing activity, WHAT should you color?
A study done by The American Art Therapy Association shows that coloring mandalas can reduce anxiety. In this study, 84 students were assigned to color a mandala, plaid form, or to color on a blank paper. Results showed that the group of individuals coloring mandalas experienced more reduction in anxiety than the unstructured coloring groups did.
Mandalas are circular designs, originated in India, that symbolize holiness and the never-ending notion of life. Their symmetrical patterns and complexity helps draw individuals to a more relaxing state of mind. Coloring mandalas combines elements of art therapy, such as coloring a form; with meditation elements for the individual can deeply concentrate on a soothing experience.
Coloring has a meditation technique
Not everybody can sit still and calm their mind for 30 minutes every day. Coloring offers a new alternative to meditation. Instead of fighting thoughts, coloring allows you to focus on a physical activity while being mindful, and silence if you choose to.
The activity offers structure towards a meditative state that involves your mind and body, while focusing on coloring. It forces you to be fully present and engaged in what you are doing at the moment. As a result, you simply focus on the colors and shapes, effortlessly releasing other thoughts, fears, and anxieties. This produces a calming and soothing effect.
Are you ready to reduce stress and calm your mind as you color?
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