Coloring books nowadays are no longer just for kids any more. I can personally say that coloring books for adults rock! These marvelous books give you benefits that can help heal your mind and spirit, relieve stress and can allow you to focus better. Adult coloring books are a great way to incorporate relaxation, art, and even reconnecting to your inner child into your day to day life. Nowadays there are so many beautifully designed coloring books that people can devour and use to help them grow in mindfulness.
I Have Always Loved Coloring Books
My journey with coloring as an adult started when I was a college student. I brought coloring books to class as a way to kill time when my professor was not yet there. After graduation and working I stopped coloring for a bit. But my love for coloring came back when my job became so hectic and stressful. I worked for a bank in the loans department and I had to convince people to renew their loans. The stress really got to me so when I speak to the customer I would color at my desk to find solace. Then I stopped coloring again.
Recently, coloring books became the favorite of my friends. This time the designs became more interesting and intricate and fell in love with them my self. Last Christmas I decided to get one for my husband (he is good in art and drawing). I got one for myself too. As I started coloring and listening to meditation music I could really feel good effects to my psyche and my spirit. I felt a different kind of peace.
Benefits of Coloring Books for Adults
When you color, you allow your mind to go to a peaceful place. Art therapy such as finger painting, pottery and coloring are seen by psychologists as a means to lessen the burdens of modern life. These activities are associated with relief of depression, anxiety and even some psychological disorders. By immersing one’s self in art, a person gives his or herself the ability to take control of his mind while getting lost in the moment.
Adult coloring books nowadays come in various designs and complexities. You can choose from a wide variety of printouts that serve different purposes. Mandala and zen coloring books give the sense of peace and tranquility. Personally I really love this type of coloring books. There are also other designs such as animals, fairies, flowers, abstract shapes and even travelscapes. These designs evoke different feelings but all of them require a certain amount of focus that helps you to let go of anxiousness and stress.
1. Coloring Helps You Connect With Your Inner Child
When you were a child the world was your oyster. You can do anything and everything you wanted. Nothing was too difficult. Your life was about playing, imagining and creating. But when you became an adult life totally changed for you. You started to learn that you needed to work and achieve things. This put a lot of pressure on you. You felt that at times, no matter what you do you are never good enough. Sometimes you feel like a rat running on a wheel; constantly chasing after things like money and success.
By Coloring, You Let Your Soul Create Magick!
Coloring allows you to connect to your inner child. This was the little kid who made mud cakes and sand castles and believed in magick. By coloring, you allow your soul to rekindle the joy of the past. You can play with colors because as a child you can make red trees and a blue sun and no one ever said it was wrong. You can create and color as you want. You can express your individuality in the colors that you put in. By allowing your current adult self to connect with your inner child, you can discover that life is still full of simple pleasures. This can help you appreciate little thing. The small successes of finishing a difficult page in you Mandala Coloring book makes you smile. Learning to be more appreciative is something I have learned from this task.
Coloring Books Develop Focus and Thus Lessen Anxiety
The act of carefully filling in color to a very complex and detailed pattern requires focus and discipline. This allows your mind to let go of other worries because you are now focused on one task alone: to completely color that page. In this modern day and age, we are much too focused on multitasking and doing two or more things at once. Multitasking is good only when it is needed but doing this regularly overloads your brain and makes you feel agitated. Studies have shown that only a few people can successfully multitask without affecting productivity.
When we learn how to focus more, we can work more efficiently. On the other hand, focus also allows you to get rid of sudden agitations and on the spot thoughts of stress. By focusing your mind on a particular task or even relaxing, you can detach yourself from your day to day worries. Coloring basically requires lots of attention because the patterns can be difficult and hence you have to zero in the page to properly fill the colors in.
Our life is full of things that we are supposed to do and want to do. The balance of being both productive and relaxed can sometimes be overwhelming. As humans, we of course want to be successful, but we also want to attain peace and relaxation. By doing tasks such as coloring, you harness the part of your mind that stays in tune with your soul. You relax your breathing while achieving something.
Coloring Helps Stimulate The Brain
Sometimes we feel like we are in a rut. Sometimes life feels so mundane. Being able to express your creativity through coloring can be a good and easy way to stimulate your brain. It allows you to create something beautiful and helps you stay alert while being relaxed.
Studies show that certain colors also evoke certain feelings and this allows your brain to go into a particular zone as you color. Red stimulates passion and energy. Orange is good for creativity and hunger as well as inspiration for cooking. Green is soothing and gives you the ability to think well get new ideas. Blue is a good color for relaxation and helps you sleep. Yellow is the color for your intellect. Purple is a color related to psychic abilities. So by using this colors in your coloring book, you can stimulate parts of your brain and your psyche to function more.
Coloring Helps You to be More Mindful
In this day and age where people care more about material things rather than non material things like love, friendship, family, pets or even time for one’s self being mindful maybe difficult. Mindfulness is the ability to be in the present moment and being able to acknowledge one’s self, feelings, emotions and thoughts without over thinking. Being mindful is a good way to deal and manage with life. There are specific coloring books that focus on helping people be more mindful. They have patterns that evoke feelings of relaxation, zen and peace. This really did work for me. I chose a zen coloring book to allow me to let go of my day to day stresses. Personally, I’m a workaholic; but as I tune into my soul by coloring I learn to let go being a control freak.
How Can Coloring Heal Your Soul?
Coloring can help heal your soul in so many levels. Art is the cure for the soul. Many famous artists have used art as a means to quiet their raging emotions. It was a way for them to express love, anxiety, fear and even anger.
Through coloring, we learn to sit down quietly with or without music and focus on creating something beautiful. Beauty has always been the longing of humanity for ages. Being able to create something beautiful can help you soul find satisfaction and pleasure. When you color, you can experience your breath and your heart rate slowing down. You feel a bit of playfulness. You express wit, passion and intellect on the pages of the coloring book.
When I started coloring, I thought that it was just something to kill time and it was just a hobby. But as I put the color pencils in my hand, I felt something within me. I felt an unbelievable sense of calm. I felt happy and relieved. I also felt an immense sense of satisfaction with creating something colorful. I became hooked with coloring books. I long for a few minutes a day where I can sit and just color. It has been my therapy. This activity really helped me manage my stress levels and made me more serene. I found solace in coloring books.
So Are Adult Coloring Books For You?
I know that there are many different mediums of art that serve different people. Coloring is a good medium because you are not forced to create your own art, but rather you allow your mind to just o with the flow of the coloring book. It is a good adventure for the soul. Coloring books can be for everyone.
There are many types of coloring books to suit every need that you may have. There are coloring books that allow you to travel to exotic lands such as Japan and Paris or even Fairy Forests. Coloring books can be for coffee junkies too like me. You can color things that you see in your dreams and make them live and vivid. Adult coloring books can help anyone to be more mindful and calm amid the stresses of everyday life.