9 Reasons Coloring Pages for Adults Are Great for Relieving Stress

Coloring pages for adults are making a showing in the market, with Joanna Basford’s Secret Garden coloring book even topping Amazon’s bestseller list. So why are these books making such a splash? As it turns out, they’re pretty great for relieving stress! Psychologists and therapists have been recommending them for this reason for a while now, but with stress levels on the rise, it only makes sense they’ve been hitting the mainstream.

It reminds us of our childhoods

Coloring brings us back to a simpler time when we were kids and didn’t have to worry about all the stresses of daily adult life. The cairn focus needed to choose colors, stay within the lines and be creative distracts us from the hustle and bustle and puts us straight into that mode it was so easy to sink into as children!

It activates the imagination

It’s hard to color in a picture—whether of people, flowers or just geometric shapes—without drifting into the world of imagination. How do you choose the color of a woman’s dress without imagining being in her world? Is this a cheerful woman who likes bright colors? Is she going exploring? Is she getting married? All this affects the color of her clothes What about a flower? Is it a tropical flower, with a bright blue or orange color?

We also have to sink into these other worlds when we spend so much time carefully bringing them to life with color.

You’re actively creating something beautiful

Even if it’s just a picture of a puppy or a geometric shape you’ve colored in with crayons or colored pencils coloring is by nature productive, and what it produces is artful beauty. This is especially helpful if your stress is linked to depression, as feeling the control and ability to sit down and produce something creative does a lot to help lift depressive thinking.

Plus, your end result is something you can put up and look at when you feel stressed out to help you relax Art is excellent for stress relief.

Coloring lowers the activity of the amygdala

The amygdala is the part of the brain that is activated when one is stressed, and its job is to send a signal to the hypothalamus to activate the nervous system in response. When the amygdala is activated, and in our modern world it is chronically more and more often, it can be very bad for our health and cause the chronic stress so many of us experience.

Coloring helps to lower the amygdala’s activity, and this in turn can help dramatically with stress issues, especially in people with PTSD, anxiety or other stress disorders.

Psychologists recommend it

As far back as the famous psychologist Carl Jung, therapists and psychologists have been recommending coloring as an alternative to meditation and to help calm the mind. This is still a common practice today, and with the surge in adult coloring pages on the market, this is easier than ever.

Coloring can help treat a variety of emotional and mental health disorders

People with obsessive-compulsive disorders, anxiety disorders, stress disorders depressive disorders, eating disorders, anger management issues and substance abuse issues may especially benefit from coloring as a therapeutic treatment, according to some experts. Coloring can help people with these disorders distract from their troubles and focus on something positive.

Coloring is also good for the intellect

Coloring utilizes areas of the brain that enhance focus and concentration, making it good for your intellectual thinking too. It also helps to improve one’s motor skills, problem-solving, and organization.

Coloring activates both hemispheres of the brain

When we work on both problem solving and fine motor skills, not only are we training our brain to achieve balance and to think ahead, but we are also using both the right and left hemispheres of our brains. This means on top of mental and emotional therapy, coloring can be used for occupational therapy as well.

Coloring helps with the practice of mindfulness

Mindfulness the state of being actively present and living in the moment, is well known to be a great method of stress relief. Coloring is great for mindfulness, as it gives you an activity to distract your mind and keep you in the present, distances you from your emotions so that you might assess them more objectively, and helps you appreciate the process of living in the current moment with something beautiful and creative.