I won’t lie, I kinda thought all my friends – not to mention my adult sisters – were just a little crazy when they started buying coloring books and pencils – not for offspring, nieces or nephews – but for themselves.  I mean really people, we are grown-ups, with grown-up jobs, grown-up hobbies and grown-up lack of time to do anything as childish as coloring in..

Right?

Silence….

Everyone’s busy coloring in!

But in all honesty if you take a little bit of a closer look at this seemingly strange trend – there is actually a fair bit of sense in it – as well as otenitally some good mental health benefits.

And as usual – when I decide to try the latest band-wagon, I go all out.

So one shopping trip later – armed with a wide variety of coloring books covering all topics (yes there IS a Game of Thrones Adult Coloring Book!) some very expensive coloring pencils that my nieces are not going anywhere near, I decided to see what the fuss was about.

Not bad for my first effort – maybe the inner child is still in there?

adults love coloring

4 good reasons adults love coloring

Adult 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 has to give or 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 youfrom 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.

Adult Coloring Improves Focus

Another advantage of coloring is that it improves your 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 your goals and get the results you are craving.

Adult Coloring Lifts Your  Mood

Besides easing your stress and improving your 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.

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 you are looking to calm a busy mind, try r o focus on adding blue to your coloring page.

Adult 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 highly trained professionals help patients release, understand and deal with emotions. Coloring can be a useful tool for healing but remember it’s not a replacement for therapy.

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