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Five reasons why coloring is good for you

We often associated coloring with kids, but adult coloring is a growing trend—one that we can all benefit from. Scientific research is showing when we're involved in something repetitive and mindful, like coloring, the brain changes. We're focused, calm and feel as though we can make good decisions.

There is a similar physiological response seen in people who practice mindfulness or a formal meditation practice where breathing becomes deeper and the heart rate slows down. 

Simple coloring can be meditative, challenging and relaxing. Here are a few more reasons you may want to pick up the crayons to relax:

1. Focus and creativity: Coloring puts a focus on something beautiful and takes you away from any negative thoughts. It also ignites creativity which can continue on into other aspects of work and play.

2.Reduced anxiety: Coloring can help us replace negative thoughts with positive, pleasant ones. Doing therapeutic artwork can help reduce feelings of anxiety and unpleasantness associated with lengthy medical treatments, for example. The focus we place on the project at hand, and on an object can replace negative and unhelpful thoughts from entering our minds.

3. Stress relief: Coloring has been shown to have stress-reducing benefits by calming the amygdala, the part of the brain related to the fear/stress response while stimulating the parts of the brain responsible for creativity and logic.

4.Mind-body connection: When we color, we're using both sides of our brain and developing our bilateral coordination. We're simultaneously using logic to plan and creativity to color. Coloring also develops fine motor skills as well.

5. Simplicity: Coloring is an activity that brings us back to a simpler and happier time of childhood.  A time when we did not have as many responsibilities, and could just do something because we wanted too, for the pure joy of it. To be able to tap into this time and these emotions is very cathartic and enjoyable. It can take you out of your present stresses and worries for even a few hours at a time, which can have an exceptionally recuperative effect.

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