Happy National Coloring Book Day!
Adult coloring books are on the rage right now and everyone is curios to why, well believe it or not coloring is good for your health. Especially your mental health, coloring has stress relieving benefits. Why? Coloring is said to calm the amygdala, the part of the brain related to the fear/stress response while stimulating the parts of the brain responsible for creativity and logic. Just like meditation, coloring also allows us to switch off our brains from other thoughts and focus only on the moment, helping to get rid of anxiety. It can be particularly effective for people who aren’t comfortable with more creatively expressive forms of art like painting or sculpting. There is evidence that even a short coloring session can help improve focus and spur creativity.
The health benefits go beyond relaxation, and include exercising fine motor skills and training the brain to focus. Fine motor skills require extra work by your brain to coordinate your actions, and muscle control in your hands and arms, coloring can help delay loss of these important skills as we age.
Doctors have known about these benefits since the early 1900s. Psychiatrist Carl Jung, the founder of analytical psychology, prescribed coloring to his patients to calm and center their minds. Doctors today continue to follow Jung’s lead and still recommend the activity to combat anxiety.
Coloring is the perfect way to feel like an artist, even if you don’t have any artistic abilities. You don’t have to go so far as to hang your most recent coloring project on the fridge, just reviewing your completed work over time provides the same satisfaction. Giving you a self esteem boost and a sense of accomplishment. Coloring is also a very inexpensive hobby that you can do anywhere, anytime that you feel like you need to unwind and go ahead admit it – coloring is also a boat-load of fun!
Even though there aren’t a lot of reasons its still a fun and relaxing activity, just give it a try and see for yourself.