5 Reasons Why Adult Coloring Books Are The New Black
Who says coloring is just for kids? Here are some reasons why adult coloring books are good for your well-being.
When you think of coloring, what usually comes to mind is crayons, some paper with a cartoon drawing on it, and little kids that need an activity to keep them occupied. Lately, however, the concept has changed. Coloring books for adults have been selling out and people are loving them - a lot. Adult coloring books like Johanna Basford’s “Secret Garden” have topped the bestseller lists and I’m sure you’ve seen a few copies of these going around.
Adult coloring books are a little bit different than children’s coloring books, of course. They require a lot more precision because they have more complicated and elaborate patterns that are gorgeous once you put some color in them. And instead of crayons, the best tool that you can use with adult coloring books is usually colored pencils because of the extra precise point without the color bleeding through. Adult coloring books have now become a fun hobby to which a lot of people dedicate themselves, buying a series of the adult coloring books, sets of colored pencils, and even other tools such as special markers to nourish their hobby. So, why is everyone crazy about coloring? Well, here are a few (surprisingly healthy) reasons why you should put more color into your life:
There is a chance that you’ve already heard of the term “art therapy”. If you haven’t, the American Art Therapy Association describes art therapy as art used to “explore feelings, reconcile emotional conflicts, foster self-awareness, manage behavior and addictions, develop social skills, improve reality orientation, reduce anxiety and increase self-esteem.” In fact, a lot of prisons and mental health facilities use art therapy with troubled persons as a way for them to channel their feelings and emotions in a healthy way. For the general public, art still has great benefit to your emotional well-being. If you’re feeling stressed, anxious, or sad, coloring can be a great way to channel your feelings and feel a “release” instead of bottling it up or expressing it in destructive ways.
Again, if you’re feeling stressed, anxious, sad, depressed, or angry, coloring is not only a healthy expression of emotion, but it can heal it as well. What does this mean? Coloring can induce a meditative state of mind because it requires a kind of concentration that is purely directed to the task at hand while your subconscious is free to “float.” Coloring can wipe away all your worries and leave you with simple thoughts like what color you’re going to choose next, which section you will do, and concentrating on only keeping the colors inside the lines. This produces a meditative state of mind, which is good for your overall mental and emotional health if you feel a lot of stress in your everyday life.
Coloring is a great way to wake up some creativity and inspiration that you may be needing in your life. If you’re having a bit of a block in work or school, coloring can calm your mind and give you inspiration and ideas to help you with your slump. The meditative, free-floating state of mind it induces will help you access those parts of your brain that might have been blocked because of stress. There’s a reason why children are encouraged to color, it’s because it boosts their intelligence, creativity, and stimulates their brain. As an adult, it can still give your brain a lot of stimulus that will promote mindfulness and reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s and any other mental deterioration you may experience as you grow older.
Believe it or not, coloring can actually improve your overall physical health. Studies show that negative emotions like anxiety, depression, and stress can cause detrimental effects to your physical health. Negative emotions are frequently associated with inflammation, cancer, arthritis, and high blood pressure or hypertension. Coloring will help ease your stress and reduce the risk of you contracting any of these diseases.
Coloring can give you a lot of psychological and physiological benefits, but let’s face it, it’s also just plain fun! You will feel a lot of satisfaction and pleasure watching your masterpiece come together. Seeing all the bright colors and the plain motion of coloring can be really fun and enjoyable. Even if you’re not very good at art - actually, especially if you’re not good at art – coloring books are such a great way of creating something pretty and feeling good about it. There’s a sense of pride and gratification once you’ve finished a complicated design. A lot of effort goes into finishing a project, and seeing it come together and turn out beautiful will give you a lot of pleasure.
Put Some Color in Your Life
If you’re one of those people who are tempted to buy one of those “adult coloring books” but are a little bit skeptical of it, open your mind and give it a chance! There are many surprising psychological and physical benefits that come with taking time for yourself to do some simple coloring. More and more people are getting into this hobby for a reason. It’s genuinely beneficial, and will give you a lot of enjoyment. So, if you’re wondering, yes, the hype is definitely real! Go out and get an adult coloring book - put some more color into your life!