If you think coloring books are just for kids, think again. According to science, they are actually good for adults, too. Here are some of the reasons why you should pick up your crayons
If you've been anywhere near a library in the past few years, you are probably aware of the fact that coloring books for adults are a thing. The reason, however, is not because art is fun (which it is). The reason is that coloring can help you relax your brain.
Coloring can help you concentrate on something other than yourself and all the things that you usually deal with. With the shift of attention, you will eventually land in a peaceful state of mind, just thinking about what you are actually doing: coloring, enjoying the textures, colors, and shapes.
This, in turn, will help you relax your brain because thoughts are focused on one simple activity, so it is not disturbed by your own thoughts. Focusing on one thing will make you "forget" for a while thinking any other thought, giving your brain a well-deserved break.
It is also really good for letting yourself go a little bit. Coloring, as an exercise, is an excellent opportunity of enjoying by not following the rules. You can color outside the lines, create patterns, or mix different palettes just for the sake of it, no explanations needed. Whatever relaxes your brain will work.
Researchers said that people who colored mandalas or other geometric figures found themselves in a sort of meditative state of mind that they all found calming.
Benefits of coloring books in adults
1) Color may reduce pain and anxiety
A 2018 study, published in the journal The Arts in Psychotherapy, stated that coloring can reduce pain and anxiety according to the experiences of 200 people hospitalized for a medical issue or surgery. The researchers found that the patients who participated in art therapy were in a good mood with lower levels of pain and anxiety.
2) Coloring can get rid of the dark circles under your eyes
Dark circles under your eyes can be caused by bad nights of sleep. So, how can you get rid of dark circles? You have to find a way to improve your sleep. According to studies, swapping your cellphone, tablet, or laptop for a coloring book before bed, can help you avoid exposing yourself to the sleep-sabotaging blue light emitted by electronic devices.
3) Coloring can improve your life
Coloring, like any other type of art such as music, yoga, and gardening, is a great option to reduce stress, thus, it can improve your life. According to a 2019 study published in Frontiers of Neural Circuits, having a creative mind and expressing yourself is one of the keys to achieving success in various aspects of your life, including professional, personal, and social.
So now you know: coloring is not only for kids but for everybody and can make you feel really good. So if you are feeling stressed or anxious, do not hesitate and buy a coloring book. They can be good therapy and you do not have to move from home.