Coloring is no more just a kids activity. Several researches have found coloring for adults helps heal many mental illnesses and also help the adults lead a more relaxed and happy life.
Art may not cure disease, but it helps you to cope with the pain and discomfort better. Studies have shown that therapeutic qualities of art can be used to help express themselves, when they have difficulties in putting their feelings into words. It is observed that art therapy helps cancer patients to cope up with their illness. Furthermore, art therapy is also helpful among people dealing with a variety of other conditions, such as depression, dementia, anxiety, and PTSD. Coloring for adults helps to generate wellness, quietness, mindfulness and other benefits that meditation imparts on the brain. It’s time to pick up a few coloring pages and experience these therapeutic benefits of coloring.
1. Helps De-Stress
One of the early scientists, Carl Jung studied the benefits of therapeutic art. He concluded that Mandals (art with concentric circles and geometrical patterns) helped his patients become calmer and less stressed. When an adult colors these repetitive patterns, s/he experiences mindfulness and even reaches a meditative state.
2. Activates Both Parts Of The Cerebral Hemisphere
Psychologists say the activity of coloring involves both logic and creativity. When you use logic to pick a color, it activates the analytical part of the brain. On the other hand, when you choose to mix and match colors, you activate the creative side of the brain. This helps activate both areas of the cerebral cortex which controls vision and fine motor skills apart from helping with coordination.
3. Reduces Anxiety
Anxiety is a common mental condition among adults. Anxiety and panic attacks cause symptoms like excessive worry, nausea, fever, insomnia, chills etc. Coloring pages helps adults relax and stay calm. Therapists use coloring pages to calm the adults and let them draw their feelings. The artistic expression helps the patients go deeper into a relaxed state making other forms of therapy more effective. Studies prove that adult coloring books are a prelude to regular or conventional therapy for many mental disorders.
4. Sparks Creativity
One of the other benefits of adult coloring books is that they help ignite creativity in adults. Adults who color regularly found they become great at picking colors for their clothes, their home interiors etc. This is not where it ends. Coloring books have also helped people become more creative in their jobs, analytical thinking activities and at other work aspects.
5. Therapy For Diseases
Adult coloring books are ideal for those battling with health issues such as cancer, epilepsy. Patients find coloring lets them calm their minds and relax thereby helps alleviate epileptic attacks. The action of coloring also gives patients more confidence to come back strong from attacks such as epilepsy. In cancer patients, they are less anxious and respond better to the treatment owing to their relaxed and much happier state of body and mind.
6. Reconnect With Inner Child
Inner Child healing therapy is popular among adults whoa re rude to themselves. As adults, we often have nightmares and certain issues from the past we need working on. When you reconnect with your inner child, a child full of love and innocence, you can become a much better adult. Inner Child healing therapy can break negative thinking patterns and benefit the patient. It helps to love and prioritize yourself more-unconditionally. This helps one become more self confident, radiant, content and fearless.
7. Re-discover Yourself
More often than not, adults find themselves in boring and mundane jobs, housework etc. Coloring books can help you get out of the monotonous routine and give you a much needed break. coloring also helps with your thoughts, coloring keeps your mind relaxed and recharges your brain thereby making you much more efficient in you thought process and decision making skills.