Ten Reasons Why Coloring is Good for Your Health
August 2nd is National Coloring Book Day, and did you know there are actual health benefits of coloring? When you pick up a crayon coloring can bring joy and peace to your life.
A 2005 study published in the Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association shows that coloring mandalas or geometric patterns actually does help lower stress and anxiety levels.
Clinical psychologist of The Cleveland Clinic, Scott M. Bea, Psy.D. says that coloring “relaxes the brain. When thoughts are focused on a simple activity, your brain tends to relax.” Dr. Bea mentions, “we are not disturbed by our own thoughts and appraisals. The difficulties of life evaporate from our awareness, and both our bodies and our brains may find this rewarding.”
Coloring can also help achieve mindfulness because mindfulness keeps you in the present and takes your attention away from yourself onto the present-moment event. Coloring keeps you focused on the task at hand.
Realizing just how much technology is immersed in our daily lives makes it clear we need to invest in hobbies that help us unplug. Coloring does just that. For thirty minutes or however long you choose to unwind, technology is left behind as you focus on what is in front of you and your confidence grows with your creation.
Here are ten reasons why coloring is good for you:
- Relieves stress
- Exercises your brain
- Expels negative thoughts
- It’s self-soothing
- Reduces anxiety and fear
- Encourages you to be present
- Builds mental strength
- An Easy Way to Relax
- Increases confidence and motivation
- You can take it anywhere
The beauty of coloring is that there is no skill level that must be acquired before you are considered an expert, so pick up a crayon, pencil or marker and exercise your mind.
You can find Sunny coloring sheets on our Florida Blue Pinterest page.
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Sharon is a daughter, sister, proud mother & well-loved wife. She calls herself a #socialmedia storyteller and definitely not a guru. She is a proud graduate of Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. Follower her on twitter at @sharonlroy and @chefandbride.