Could Adult Coloring Be The Key To Finding Your Calm?…

Could Adult Coloring Be The Key To Finding Your Calm?

A look at the neurological benefits of adult coloring.

Adult coloring and fine motor activities such as drawing can activate the parasympathetic nervous system. This system calms the flight or fight response that typically occurs when you’re stressed. By calming your flight or fight response with adult coloring, you could experience lower stress levels, enjoy being creative and help calm yourself when you’re feeling anxious.

Why coloring?

Coloring isn’t the only activity that can help calm your body’s flight or fight response, but it has grown in popularity in recent years. Like other forms of fine motor skills, adult coloring involves adding color to images that are often more intricate than a what is found in a children’s coloring book. The focus it takes to color these images, along with the creativity of adding color to an intricate page, gives the adult brain something to focus on in stressful times. By giving the brain something intricate and creative to focus on, the body’s flight or fight response and often fast-moving thoughts of an anxious mind can be calmed.

How does adult coloring calm your nervous system?

When you color or do other arts and crafts activities that use your fine motor skills, you activate that parasympathetic nervous system. Activating this system helps your central nervous system deliver the message to the rest of your body that you’re not in danger or under threat. This can be particularly helpful if you know you’re the kind of person who tends to stress about small things.

An activity like adult coloring can help in those times when you’re having difficulty in a stressful situation. There are several benefits associated with adult coloring. These benefits include:

• Allowing the brain to enter a meditative state.

• The potential to lower your stress and anxiety levels.

• Calming the brain and helping to dissolve irrational or overly negative thoughts.

• Bringing your mind and body into the present moment.

• Helping adults practice mindfulness while using fine motor skills.

• A break from technology and the added stress this can cause.

• An inexpensive way to get creative and calm the mind.

If you’ve never tried coloring before, try downloading and printing an image and picking up some colored pencils to bring your image to life. In times of increased stress and anxiety this will give your brain something to focus on and could help calm anxious and irrational thoughts.

It’s important to remember that adult coloring isn’t confused with art therapy. While adult coloring can be beneficial for calming the mind and body, art therapy is specifically focused on helping a patient express past traumas or feelings through art. If you feel like you need someone to talk to about your mental health, always seek the help and advice of a medical professional.

Got what it takes to create a coloring masterpiece?

Health information provider, Healthline Media is running a contest in celebration of National Coloring Day on August 2nd. Healthline will be awarding gift baskets full of calming products to the first, second and third prize winners of the contest. Our carefully selected team of 12 judges will each pick two finalists to be entered to win one of these gift baskets. Simply click here to download an image to colour and enter the contest by August 30th for your chance to win.


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