I remember as a child spending hours with my markers or colored pencils. Over the years, I had forgotten the joys of bringing pictures to life with all the colors in the world. And when I started to doodle again in 2008 to help me cope with the extended stay after my son’s liver transplant.
During my studies in mental health counseling, I learned that there a multiple mental health benefits from coloring therapy and is a great alternative to traditional meditation.
Eliminating Your Mental Stress
There is something to be said about stress causing physical problems. The more stress you have, the more your body will absorb the stress through either high blood pressure, digestive issues or knee and back problems. If you are wanting to reduce stress, spending just 10-30 minutes coloring can help you relieve the stress you may be experiencing. It can also aid you in finding solutions as you are allowing your brain to process what is going on in your life.
Relieving Your Depression
Coloring can help you when you are feeling depressed. I will not say that this will eliminate the support of your professional such as a therapist or even medication. But when you feel sad, choosing bright colors with a positive theme can uplift your mood. The colors yellow, orange and red, stimulate the emotional center of your brain relieving your feelings of sadness. As you go about coloring, think about positive thoughts. It’s one of the reasons that my coloring pages are often themed around affirmations.
Reducing Your Anxiety Levels
Choosing coloring pages or books that help you focus on mindfulness can help you feel better and reduce your anxiety. Choose colors of blue or pale pink as those are soothing colors and can help you feel calmer. You may also notice that your breathing becomes slower and your stress reduces in the process.
Stimulating Your Own Creativity
One of the things I noticed is that I became more creative in my endeavors. You too may find yourself wanting to write, play music or paint on canvas. Coloring can stimulate the part of your brain that is in charge of creativity.
Preventing Dementia Conditions
I won’t sit here and say that you can complete prevent dementia, but there is something to be said about stimulating the synapsses in your brain that can slow down and perhaps even hinder the development of Alzheimer’s disease. But it is definitely something to consider when you are thinking about the future and well it’s a great activity to do with your kids or your grandkids.
Where Can You Find Coloring Pages for Adults?
Well, first off you can find them right here on the website that is filled with coloring pages. You can also find them in local or online stores, if an actual books is your preference.