Why the Coloring Book Craze?

I’ve asked hundreds of people in Facebook coloring groups why they color.

Blowing Kisses © Angela Treat LyonMany of them say they are so stressed out that having something to come home to relax with is practically a life-saver.

They say it relaxes them, soothes them and calms them down, especially after an insane day with kids or at the office.

(image: Blowing Kisses in coloring book I Love You)

Many of them struggle with raising kids, hectic jobs and even taking care of an elderly parent. Taking time out to color helps them feel grounded, steadied, more focused and even happier.

Who could argue with benefits like that?

In the Huffington Post article, Does Coloring Really De-stress? they say:

“…When coloring, we activate different areas of our two cerebral hemispheres, says psychologist Gloria Martínez Ayala. “The action involves both logic, by which we color forms, and creativity, when mixing and matching colors. This incorporates the areas of the cerebral cortex involved in vision and fine motor skills [coordination necessary to make small, precise movements].

The relaxation that it provides lowers the activity of the amygdala, a basic part of our brain involved in controlling emotion that is affected by stress.”

Hairy Bears © Angela Treat LyonIn simplest terms, coloring has a de-stressing effect because when we focus on a particular activity, we focus on it and not on our worries.

But it also “brings out our imagination and takes us back to our childhood, a period in which we most certainly had a lot less stress.” This leads us immediately and unconsciously to welfare, exposes the specialist.

(image: Hairy Bears – in coloring book Wild Things)

“I recommend it as a relaxation technique,” says psychologist Antoni Martínez. “We can use it to enter into a more creative, freer state,” he assures.

We can also use it to connect with how we feel, since depending on our mood we choose different colors or intensity. “I myself have practiced that. I recommend it in a quiet environment, even with chill music. Let the color and the lines flow.”

So. Get thee hence, and commence coloring!




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