If you thought coloring was only for kids, think again. Adult coloring is becoming more and more popular. Do you know why? Because it can actually help.
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.
How does it work?
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.
What does science say?
There are actually many studies about how adult coloring can help people. In a recent study, researchers have examined the effectiveness of different types of art-related activities in the reduction of anxiety. As it turns out, coloring complex geometrical figures, like mandalas, appears to have a relaxing effect, as people who did it felt less anxious.
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.
So you know now, go grab some crayons and get creative because it is good for your health!