A 2012 study, found that anxiety can be greatly reduced by coloring. Specially designed, coloring pages for “grown-ups” are more intricate than children’s coloring books.
“After my husband died I was numb and couldn’t even think. I bought a coloring book and crayons. Focusing just on coloring in the picture, calmed me, my stress lifted, allowing me to think clearer and make the decisions that I needed to make.”
Color to Calmness
Widows, each with the shared trauma of losing a loved one, found that coloring together was soothing; allowing the conversation to move from hyper-emotional tears toward calm philosophical musings and shared memories. Pleasurable and relaxing the mood-lifting power of adult coloring provides a real sense of accomplishment/satisfaction by creating a beautiful piece of art that is not too challenging.
Soothing, adult coloring has been said to have helped patients with:
- Dementia – many have relaxed for the first time in years.
- PTSD – to diminish anxiety and become more present during episodes.
- Parkinson’s disease – helping to keep the pathways and neuronal connections viable to help with coordination and fine motor skills. (Some patients claim that tremors are suppressed when coloring or performing other manual tasks.)
Coloring requires complete absorption, unlike knitting or other crafts, which allows you to watch TV or multitask. When the mind is completely engaged focusing on the process, it shuts out everything else making it impossible to worry about anything else.
This ain’t your grandma’s bridge party.
Coloring parties continue to gain in popularity, as a way to bring together adults to enjoy each others’ company and share their lives with one another. Adult coloring works in gatherings, for both socialization and group therapy as a way to build bonds with other people with no judgment.
WHERE TO FIND Intricate, beautiful coloring pages aimed at adults
- google: free adult printable coloring pages.
- lots of free adult coloring pages on Pinterest.
- Check out social media. Coloring for All! Facebook page already has around 40,000 members.
Colors: Some use Sharpies, colored pencils (nice and sharp), watercolor pencils, gel pens, promarkers, felt tips, (including Crayola brand). ( Some say they use a combination of metallic gel pens, fine liners, pastels and pencils to get different effects.) Prismacolor colored pencils can be found at places such as Michaels, Target, Walmart, and Office Depot.
Look who was coloring. (The show was on the air from 1998 to 2007.)
Learn more about the craze by googling: coloring for adults stress relief