When you first think of coloring, you might think of children excitedly coloring in books with their favorite cartoon characters. But there’s a growing trend of adults that enjoy coloring. This has caused the release of more complex coloring sheets and books that were designed exclusively for adults.
Many adults have discovered that not only is coloring fun, it also has health benefits, too.
Coloring Relieves Stress
When you are stressed, your body produces cortisol. In small doses, this hormone is beneficial to your body. It helps you get through that nerve-wracking speech you have to give and boosts your energy when you are in the middle of a crisis.
But too much cortisol over time can lead to health problems like type 2 diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure, and anxiety.
While coloring doesn’t prevent you from producing cortisol, it’s believed that it may help lower your cortisol levels. One reason that this might be possible is because coloring allows you to get into the creative zone and focus on something enjoyable, rather than worrying about your problems. This can help you relax and release the tension in your body.
Coloring Improves Focus
Another advantage of coloring is that it improves focus. Many people find that coloring while listening to webinars or lectures makes it easier to absorb the information. This might be because your hands stay busy so your mind is less likely to wander.
Because coloring gives you better focus and more clarity, it can also be a good activity to do before you set goals or develop strategies. The creativity required for coloring can help you think of new ways to tackle goals and get the results your craving.
Coloring Lifts Your Mood
Besides easing stress and improving focus, coloring can also lift your mood. This could be due in part to the fact that there’s no right or wrong way to color and no one is judging your art. In many ways, coloring is a freeing experience for everyone.
This may have to do with the fact that certain colors are known to boost mood. For example, if you are having a down day, try using the color yellow since it can make you feel better. If your looking to calm a busy mind focus on adding blue to your coloring page.
Coloring Helps You Cope
During painful situations, coloring can help you cope. Some people have used coloring to deal with the grief that comes from losing a loved one. Other people have found coloring therapeutic when they were diagnosed with a serious disease. Still some have used coloring to get through a breakup or divorce.
However, coloring is not a replacement for art therapy, where you are helped to release, understand and deal with emotions. Coloring can be a useful tool for healing but it is not necessarily a replacement for therapy.