Think about an activity you did in your childhood, and perhaps you would have answered coloring. We all grew up coloring (not always in the lines, buts still) and it seems to have a developmental property in the stages of childhood. But when we become teenagers and adults, we declare ourselves too old to color; the trend is over. Or is it? What if coloring is good for you at whatever age you may be?
The answer, as research is starting to suggest, is that coloring is a very beneficial to adults as well as children. In an article by Elena Santos, she indicates that the practice generates wellness, quietness as well as stimulates areas of the brain connected to motor skills, the five senses and your creativity levels and the trend is gaining movement in both Europe and North America. It would seem that coloring is a brain exercise similar to that of taking the time to meditate with the benefits of it, but it could be a great alternative for people who can’t seem to sit still long enough to meditate.
So what does coloring actually do? Elena Santos’ article suggests that coloring has a stress relieving effect because when we focus on the activity, we focus on that and not what was previously stressing us out. The article also continues to say that the activity takes us back to childhood, a period when we weren’t so stressed which immediately insures our welfare in the present moment. But if you think back to the uses of coloring for children, it’s not that far off; have you ever given a child who was spazzing out some crayons and paper? If we evaluate the similarities, we find that as adults we just feel a lot more stressed out, however we can always turn back to the oldest trick in the book. Grab your crayons and unwind a bit.
For Elena Santos’ article:
For an additional article on coloring mandalas etc.: