Benefits of Coloring

Adult coloring books burst onto the scene nearly a decade ago. Since then, people all over the world have taken on the activity as a way to relax and ultimately decrease their anxiety. But this trend isn’t brand new. Men and women have been turning to the arts for stress-free entertainment for generations. From knitting and quilting to woodworking and gardening, time spent focused on calming, productive tasks has the power to transport you away from the stresses of your everyday life.

But how does it actually work?

According to Psychologist, Dr. Scott M. Bea from Cleveland Clinic, coloring relaxes adults based on 3 principles:

  1. Coloring brings you into the present moment.
  2. It gives your brain a chance to relax.
  3. It is enjoyable and pressure-free.

Most of us move through life juggling a constant stream of thoughts including our regrets from the past and our anxieties about the future. Coloring is a simple and relaxing way to turn off that stream of thoughts and allow our minds and bodies to truly relax.

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