As you take a step down memory lane, specifically recalling your favorite childhood pastimes, I'm sure you, like myself, can remember the pure and simple emotions you felt while occupying yourself and your time with those activities.
Enjoyment. Laughter. Lightheartedness.
Well, what if I told you that the secret to relieving your adult stress, limiting anxiety, and feeling happier could be found by employing some of those same childhood pastimes?
Some might think its crazy talk. Many more, however, have perhaps already realized the same.
Adult Coloring is on the Rise:
Trends indicate that one of our greatest and simplest pastimes - coloring - has become a sudden and quick-growing interest for adults. With the increasing demand, the industry for adult coloring pages, books, and supplies is on the rise. In fact, 5 out of the Top 20 Bestselling Books on Amazon are actually Adult Coloring Books.
Coloring Away Your Stress and Anxiety:
Rather than a fad, the surge in interest for adult coloring is more like a realization of how beneficial and enjoyable this hobby can be for adults across the board. For years, researchers have uncovered the benefits of art related enterprises as they relate to therapy for distressed and anxious individuals. Similarly, and more related to the stressed and overworked individual today, coloring an intricate design or an inspirational message can act as a soothing and therapeutic release for the individual partaking in the activity.
Neuropsychologist Dr. Stan Rodski and brain scientist Dr. Joel Pearson both agree. In an interview, Dr. Rodski shares his belief that coloring for adults can encourage a relaxed state as the coloring individual focuses their attention on the detail and intricacies of a particular image. Similarly, Dr. Pearson explains that the therapeutic effect can be further understood by considering that the image you are coloring replaces any negative ones you may be harboring.
The simple action of creatively coloring in a page acts as a release from the daily stresses and worries someone faces. In the moments that you are coloring, you have the potential to escape from every other thought and to focus your energy and attention to the image or design in front of you. What's more, individuals having trouble focusing are often experiencing this challenge due to an overly stressed mind and thought pattern. By taking time out to color, the same individual can encourage mental clarity and focus.