This is What Coloring Once a Day Has Been Proven to Do to Your Brain
By Lindsay Sibson
You are a busy person.
I get it.
You have bills to pay, mouths to feed and “things to do.”
You are living in a stressful and hectic society, where sitting back and relaxing isn’t always valued as an efficient way to spend your time.
However, it is extremely important to recognize that not only is downtime necessary, but that it is also needed in order to decompress and step away from all of life’s stresses.
The latest trend in adult relaxation time isn’t some complicated or expensive item… chances are, you may already have one or two in your house!
What is it?
Yes, adult coloring books have been selling out fast on Amazon and are actually 3 of the Top 10 best sellers on their website.
Coloring impels your brain to concentrate and quiets your mind. Hence why it makes an excellent stress-relieving activity. When you are coloring, you can simply forget about what is going on in the world around you and enjoy some silent time.
“Because it’s a centering activity, the amygdala, which is the part of the brain that is involved with our fear response, actually gets a bit, a little bit of a rest and it ultimately has a really calming effect over time,” New York clinical psychologist Dr. Ben Michaelis told Fox News.
However, Michaelis isn’t the first psychologist to recommend coloring as a method to ease the stresses and worries that trouble you.
The method was recommended over 100 years ago by the founder of analytical psychology, Carl Jung. He encouraged his patients to try coloring, because he found that coloring complex mandala drawings helped people to become centered and calm their minds.
Another psychologist, Gloria Martinez Ayala, also weighs in on the topic stating that when you color, you switch on different areas of your two cerebral hemispheres in your brain.
“The action involves both logic, by which we color forms and creativity, when mixing and matching colors. This incorporates the areas of the cerebral cortex involved in vision and fine motor skills (coordination necessary to make small, precise movements). The relaxation that it provides lowers the activity of the amygdala, a basic part of our brain involved in controlling emotion that is affected by stress.”
Coloring is a much loved activity of children and something that you most likely enjoyed as a child as well. Therefore, it makes sense that coloring can trick your brain into connecting this activity with a time when you had minimal stress.
“I recommend it as a relaxation technique. We can use it to enter a more creative, freer state.” – Antoni Martinez, psychologist
Next time you are in need of destressing, unwinding and relaxing… simply reach for the crayon box and get coloring! Give this awesome relaxation method a try and let us know how it goes (you can even share pictures of your works of art too, if you want – we’d love to see them)!
Lindsay Sibson turned her lifelong dream of traveling the world into a reality when she first stepped on a plan in April of 2014. With the simple intention of learning more about this beautiful world, she stepped away from corporate America to explore an alternative lifestyle of long term international travel, volunteering, blogging and pursuing a blissfully happy and fulfilling way of life.
Lindsay documents her journey in hopes of empowering others to find their passion, reignite their spark and freshen their outlook on life. Connect with her on her website and follow her travels on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/_traveloholic_).
Through her blog, Lindsay documents her journey in hopes of empowering others to find their passion, reignite their spark and freshen their outlook on life.
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