It’s a phenomenon that has caught fire - adult coloring books. Remember how much you liked coloring as a kid? Well, now you can do it in a grownup way and get the benefits of stress reduction and relaxation.
There is a plethora of color books for adults that have calming themes such as mandalas, celtic symbols, spiritual drawings, fantasy depictions and more. These adult coloring books started cropping up a few years ago and have since exploded as therapists claim the stress reduction benefits of coloring.
The idea of sitting down to color means that you can’t use your digital device or multitask - except maybe to listen to music while you color. This down time allows your mind to wander, your creative juices to flow and your focus to be on things like color and shape. This mental break is often much-needed in an increasingly hectic world filled with so many daily tasks, commitments, and information overload.
And the health benefits of coloring go beyond relaxation, and include exercising fine motor skills and training the brain to focus.T
It seems that doctors have long known these health benefits since the early 1900s. Psychiatrist Carl Jung, the founder of analytical psychology, prescribed coloring to his patients to calm and center their minds and reduce anxiety.So, sit back, get out your crayons and colored pencils and reap the therapeutic benefits of coloring.