There’s a reason why people are using coloring books for stress relief
Let’s face it, you colored when you were younger.
In fact, if you have kids at home, you most likely have coloring books laying around your home.
If you haven’t colored since you were younger, it might feel a bit too simple at the beginning, but as you start coloring for some time, you’ll realizing it’s actually relaxing.
Coloring books for stress relief 101
Art for us has an emotional impact. It’s been clinically proven to help patients recover faster. But it’s not all art, since only some art can get rid of stress.
To understand why, we have to understand why do we color? Equally important we have to understand what makes us relaxed or de-stressed?
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi created the psychological concept of flow. Flow is what happens when you’re in just doing a task or activity and time seems to just be flying by.
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We’ve all had those moments, whether it’s washing dishes, or playing with our children or just having a chat with our good friends for hours.
When using coloring books for stress relief, we can get into the state of flow. This happens as you almost zone out and get into coloring one section, then another and then another.
But it doesn’t always happen with some coloring pages.
We tend to follow the trend, the newest book, the latest shiny art.
It’s great to have a change in the type of coloring you get to do. But if you want to color to relax, to get into the state of flow and for it to be therapeutic, you need to look at selecting the right coloring pages, just as you would select a good pair of running shoes.
When you look at this image, what do you see?
It has a pattern with flowers, leaves and random shapes. On the other hand, when you see this image, what do you see?
It’s a face of a woman wearing a hat with long hair looking at you.
When you color the first image, the one with the patterns, you don’t have to think about the colors as much as you do for the second image. The second image, with the person, will automatically ask you to color her skin a handful of skin colors.
Whether or not you add any blending to the face, the skin color limits you and if it doesn’t look good, like the way you imagined it to be, you won’t be happy with how it turned out.
Going back to the State of Flow, if you are thinking too much about specific colors for the skin for these types of pages, then you’re not coloring to relax, you’re coloring for art.
This is a key difference. When you color to relax, you get into a state of flow and let time pass without being judgmental.
We have taken all of the therapeutic effects based on scientific research and created a rating out of 10 called Therapeutic Value™. Only 5% of all coloring books have a Therapeutic Value™ rating greater than 8/10. Monthly Coloring Club pages are all 10/10.
When you want to relax after a long day, you want to get all the benefits of relaxation through coloring the right way.
FAQ about coloring books for stress relief
Is coloring good for stress?
The reason why people are using coloring books for stress relief is because it helps them relax. It turns to be beneficial for adults because it allows you to actively practice different areas of the brain to improve the motor skills, senses and creativity.
One of the first psychologists to apply coloring as a relaxation technique was Carl G. Jüng in the early 20th century. He did this through mandalas: circular designs with concentric shapes similar to the Gothic churches’ rose windows.
Why is coloring so therapeutic?
When coloring, we activate different areas of our two cerebral hemispheres, says psychologist Gloria Martínez Ayala. “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.”
Is coloring relaxing?
Short answer is yes.
The longer answer is it depends on the coloring book. While coloring pages can actually create more stress, while others help you relax. The pages within Monthly Coloring Club not only have 10.0 therapy value, but they also focus on gratitude and inspirational messages, based on positive psychology.
Is coloring good for the brain?
As mentioned above, coloring is good for the brain as it allows you to activate different areas of the brain: two cerebral hemispheres. Logic and Creativity. It allows you to improve the motor skills, senses and creativity.
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