Have you joined the adult coloring craze yet?
The benefits of coloring are numerous:
- Art Therapy – You know when you’ve seen patients in psychiatric hospital movies painting or sketching as part of their therapy? It’s not just something Hollywood made up. Art therapy is a real thing!
- Reduces Stress – Coloring relaxes you and when you’re relaxed, your stress levels go way down. There is something about doing art that affects the fear center of the brain and makes it go quiet.
- Coloring trains your brain to focus – Staying inside those lines in your coloring book takes focus, but not so much that it triggers the stress mechanism in your brain.
- Coloring lets you express yourself – Remember when you used to color as a kid and hopefully no one said, “You can’t make that person’s hair blue!” or “Lions aren’t pink!” You could color your trees magenta and your oceans yellow if you wanted to. Same thing with these adult coloring books! You can color them any way you want to and no one is going to judge!
- Coloring helps your fine motor skills and your vision – Because these two areas of the brain have to work together to bring about your artistic expression, coloring will help your brain function better. Some people even say it could help offset dementia, sort of the same way crossword puzzles and sudoku.
- It’s cheap!
I received a coloring book for Christmas. While a lot of people enjoy coloring with pencils, I am loving my markers, though I may get some pencils at some point just to shake things up! One of my friends is even using glitter to spice up her works of art!
I can tell you first hand that initially, I thought coloring would be a waste of my time; however, I have found that the time I spend coloring seems to release the same creative juices that running does. Some of my best plot ideas (or new book ideas) came to me while I was running. My mind was free to wander to beautiful and magical places when I would run. The same thing happens when I am coloring.
Here are some of my favorite fantastical coloring books you can grab from Amazon (affiliate links):
As for coloring options, you can grab one (or all) of these:
Prismacolor Premier Soft Core Colored Pencil, Set of 48 Assorted Colors (3598T) (My daughter’s an artist and these are the pencils she uses – they are worth the splurge!)
I hope you enjoy the adventure of coloring as much as I have!
If you’ve already been coloring for a while and would like to recommend a coloring book, please feel free to leave a recommendation in the comments!