In the last few years adult coloring books have become extremely popular. You can find them pretty much anywhere in almost any theme you can think of.
Why would anyone want to sit down and color in a coloring book? Especially a grown adult?
If you ask me, I think the reason might be because life is rough.
Guys, it’s challenging sometimes being an adult, and it’s nice to just sit down and refocus!
As adults, we face multiple things daily that stress us out and make us feel overwhelmed, and sometimes it’s really hard to find a way to unwind that is healthy and constructive.
Some people garden, some people draw, some people clean, some people paint….and…some people color!
If you’re feeling like you need something to help you unwind after a long stressful day, coloring might be for you!!
Here are 7 reasons why you should be coloring!
1. May help relieve stress and anxiety
Our brains need a break sometimes, too! Coloring can offer you some time to clear your mind and focus on the image you’re coloring. Choosing a picture, the colors you’re using, and taking the time to slow down and focus on the task at hand can allow you to clear your mind and refocus your thoughts.
2. Helps you get creative
Not everyone likes to draw or doodle. For some people, the thought of drawing actually causes stress itself! Coloring helps you get in touch with your creative side without having to draw anything yourself. You don’t have to be an expert in art. You can just choose something you love and color it however your heart desires--no rules, no anxiety!
3. It can take you back to childhood
I don’t know about you, but when I was a kid, I wanted to grow up so badly. Now I wonder what the heck I was thinking. Coloring can take you back to a simpler time when all you had to worry about was what color you were going to shade a flower, a puppy, or a leaf. Even the smell of crayons or a freshly sharpened colored pencil can take you back to some sweet memories.
4. It helps stimulate different areas of our two cerebral hemispheres
In an interview with Huffington Post, psychologist Gloria Martinez Ayala says, “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.” So basically, you’re exercising multiple parts of your brain!!
5. It helps with fine motor skills
Coloring allows you to sharpen your fine motor skills since you are taking your time and repetitively practicing coloring in small, focused spaces.
6. It can help us with problem solving
According to an interview licensed clinical counselor Leslie Marshall did with the Washington Times, coloring opens the frontal lobe of the brain, where organizing and problem solving live, and really helps focus the mind. I bet our fellow Tribe member Brenna would be on board with that!
7. And most importantly, coloring allows for quiet time with the Lord
Because coloring can be so relaxing, you can use it as your creative quiet time, worshipping, praying and spending time with God.
Now that you know some of the awesome benefits you can get from coloring, you may wonder where you can start!
I am here to help you, my friend!! It just so happens that I have illustrated a coloring book, and I hope you don’t mind, but I want to shamelessly plug it for a second.
The reason I created this coloring book was because of all the reasons I listed above.
I have found GREAT stress relief and a renewed relationship with God through bible journaling and creative worship.
However, I’m not under the false assumption that everyone likes to draw or illustrate things themselves.
I have talked with many people who say the thought of drawing actually stresses them out, but they love the idea of worshiping creatively.
That’s when Bloom was born.
I wanted to create a Christian-themed coloring book that was complex enough to let your mind concentrate on the task at hand (and not your daily stresses) but easy enough that it wasn’t frustrating or stressful itself.
I wanted to create this, so you could spend your quiet time creating something beautiful while focusing on a bible verse and enjoying some much needed time with God.
Bloom has 32 hand-drawn illustrations featuring bible verses and inspirational phrases for you to color and make your own. Hopefully it helps your mind and relationship with God bloom (pun intended!).