Currently, six of the top 20 selling books on Amazon are adult coloring books. It turns out coloring can be beneficial for adults — namely for its de-stressing power.
One of the first psychologists to apply coloring as a relaxation technique was Carl G. Jüng in the early 20th century. He did this through mandalas: circular designs with concentric shapes similar to the Gothic churches’ rose windows.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.”
In 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.
Today the variety of adult coloring books is expansive, ranging from meditative outlets like Coloring Flower Mandalas to art-savvy options like Outside the Lines, Stress Relieving Patterns, Secret Garden: An Inky Treasure Hunt and Coloring Book, Enchanted Forest: An Inky Quest & Coloring Book, Paisley Designs, Creative Haven Creative Cats, and even an Official High Times Pot Smoker’s Activity Book!
I would like to add that playing some relaxing music and diffusing equal portions of therapeutic lavender and orange essential oils in a diffuser would also greatly add to reducing stress… or if you want to deepen your spiritually creative side try diffusing a little Frankincense or Hanoki essential oil. This is the brand of essential oil I use.
Basically, if you are looking for a way to find your inner zen while also exploring your artistic side, this is it.Transparency & Appreciation: I want all of my readers to know that I do provide links on this blog to other businesses that sell products that I use and love, I will never post a link to anything that is inconsistent with my ideology.
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