Remember when you were a child and you used to love coloring? There was nothing like a brand new coloring book and a fresh box of crayons. According to an article in the Huffington Post, “Coloring Isn’t Just For Kids. It Can Actually Help Adults Combat Stress.”
Coloring is something we usually associate with kids. As we grow older, our crayons and colored pencils are replaced with pens, lead pencils and highlighters. As it turns out, coloring can be beneficial for adults, specifically for de-stressing.
Coloring is known to generate feelings of wellness, quietness and also stimulates brain areas related to motor skills, the senses and creativity. Carl G. Jüng was one of the fist psychologists to use coloring as a relaxation technique in the early 20th century. Jüng used mandalas: circular designs with concentric shapes that originated in India.
Coloring has a de-stressing effect because when we focus on a specific activity, we focus on it and not on our worries. It ignites our imagination and brings us back to our childhood, a time when we experienced a lot less stress.
The psychologist Luis Rojas Marcos says “coloring comforts us, gives us peace, and lets us enjoy ourselves – it even temporarily frees us from daily pressures. Although coloring a couple of hours does not eliminate all problems and worries, it takes us away and relieves us from the stress that overwhelms us.”
So make a New Years resolution to bring coloring back into your life in 2015! Go ahead and find that forgotten box of crayons. Or, treat yourself and buy a fresh box of crayons, a new coloring book, and let the de-stressing begin!