Guest post by Neely Beattie
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.
So there you have it! Seven reasons to start coloring today.