Health Benefits of Adult Coloring Books
Coloring books are no longer a “kids only” activity. In fact, coloring books for adults have exploded in popularity over the past year.
While many turn to these books filled with intricate, complex designs as a way to unwind and relax, there are several other health benefits that come along with coloring. If you haven’t gotten behind the adult coloring book trend yet, here are a few reasons you may want to give this hobby a try.
1. Adult coloring books can help with a number of mental and emotional health issues.
Coloring provides positive and healthy ways to manage boredom, lack of structure and stress, all of which are often triggers for those suffering from obsessive-compulsive disorders, anxiety disorders, stress disorders, depressive disorders, eating and binge eating disorders, anger management issues and substance abuse issues.
2. Coloring can help calm and relax those suffering from PTSD, anxiety and stress issues.
Focusing on the calming, harmless activity of coloring can help decrease the feelings of worry and panic, allowing the brain to rest and relax. Adult coloring books can provide a productive and beneficial outlet for individuals with PTSD, anxiety and severe stress.
3. Improve problem-solving and organizational skills through the activity of coloring.
When filling in the intricate designs found in an adult coloring book, you are choosing complex color schemes and using your brain to create balance and aesthetics that are pleasing to the eye. Coloring detailed pictures triggers higher level functions within the brain, activating all of the properties associated with skills such as organization and problem-solving.
4. Both the right and left hemispheres of the brain are being utilized when coloring.
The action of coloring involves logic and creativity, requiring both hemispheres of the brain to communicate with each other during the activity. In turn, the areas of the brain involved in vision and motor skills are heavily utilized and improved while coloring. Similar to crossword puzzles, the therapeutic effects of adult coloring books may even delay or prevent dementia in older individuals.
5. Coloring can help you socialize.
With more and more adults picking up coloring books, this hobby is no longer strictly solo. Coloring events and parties provide a fun, stress-free way to participate in a group activity and socialize with other people.
Adult coloring books have numerous benefits that can provide a positive impact on your mental, emotional and/or physical health. Start experiencing the positive effects coloring can offer by trying it out yourself! Visit our “Stress Less” Pinterest board to download free printable coloring pages or check out some of the helpful resources listed below to get started!