There is a new relaxing activity among adults that is gaining popularity: Coloring! Maybe you have tried it, or maybe you haven’t. I started coloring recently. Being a fairly restless and stressed person, I though that I may benefit from an anti-stress activity like this one. A few of my friends suggested it so I found the book on the left among the well-reviewed coloring books for adults on Amazon. I have to say that at first it was very challenging to color because I wanted to move, to think, to cook, or do anything else but remain almost still and quiet. But after a few pages, I noticed that I am definitely more relaxed and that my mind doesn’t wander into the stressful thoughts that I would otherwise have. I started really enjoying it! If you don’t want to pay for a book or you just want to try if it’s for you, you can print a few free coloring pages online… I have posted dozens of printable pages here.
Before I get into the research on the advantages of coloring (you know me, I always need scientific proof that it works!), let me remind you about The Concept of FLOW. When I color, I get “in the zone”, also known as the state of flow. As you already know, being in a state of flow is a reward in itself. Some people even describe a calming, meditation-like effect. Moreover, an activity like coloring will automatically spark the inner artist in you and develop you creativity skills. There is a huge variety or types of coloring that you can do, so check it out! Maybe coloring can do all that for you as well, you never know 😉
Now back to the research! The first proof to me that it works is the fact that coloring has been used for a long time as therapy for mental illnesses such as anxiety, depression, and paranoia. An article published 2 months ago in the “Anxiety, Stress & Coping” journal showed that coloring and other forms of creative activities significantly reduced anxiety in young adults. Are you convinced yet? I am. But it’s not just about coloring, it’s about any creative and relaxing activity that allows you to “zone out”. If coloring is not for you, just find another creative routine 😉
You can find below some examples of coloring pages that you can print, or go to my post printable adult coloring pages. You can find quick & easy to difficult and detail-oriented pages.
Happy coloring ❤