Color Your Way to Better Health

At the end of the day, I find it satisfying to have a marker in one hand and my coloring book in the other. I enjoy discovering how different colors come together on my paper. I can relax. Coloring makes me feel good, and the research suggests there are positive effects to coloring including anxiety reduction and higher perseverance.

Alternative to Meditation
First of all, coloring is used by psychologists as an alternative to meditation. It has become a means of relaxation and a calming tool. Coloring is known to help with a number of emotional and mental health issues. For many, boredom, lack of structure, and stress are triggers to these issues. The act of coloring can help us focus on intricate patterns for hours versus troubling thoughts. Therefore, the focus we place on the project at hand can replace unhealthy thoughts from entering our minds.

Rest and Relaxation
Secondly, coloring brings our brain rest and relaxation. Focusing on this calming activity can turn down our fight or flight response. Coloring also utilizes both the right and left hemispheres of the brain. When we are thinking about color choices, applying color to paper, we are working on problem-solving and fine motor skills.

Intellectual Benefits
Coloring has intellectual benefits as well. It helps with focus, concentration, and organizational skills. In addition, it can take us out of our present stresses and worries and have a positive effect on our overall well-being. For these reasons, consider trying one out and at the very least, we’ll have something pretty for our refrigerator doors.