Coloring books have always been labeled as children’s activity although there are some exceptions such as adults who are working with kids. Through the years adult coloring books gained its popularity after being discovered as a great hobby with great health benefits. Whether you are looking for a new pastime activity or relieving stress there are a lot of reasons for you to be crazy not to try this trend.
Art Therapy and Mental Health
According to recent mental health studies, the process of making or creating artwork helps a person explore emotions, manage behaviour and addictions, develop social skills, reduce anxiety and boosts self-esteem. Art therapy is not only for learning but also for personal expression.
A study in 2006, shows that mindfulness art therapy for cancer patients significantly decreased symptoms of emotional distress during treatment. Further studies also added that patients feel an overwhelmingly expressed comfort after an hour of art therapy. Color therapy is not just for cancer patients but also for people dealing with other conditions such as dementia, PTSD, depression, and anxiety.
Art therapy involves an art medium used for expressing a patient’s specific problem, Art therapy often involves using an art medium, a blank canvas for them to help address a patient’s specific problem. Adult coloring, therefore, presents a creative venture without the need for artistic inclination. One simply needs to color within the lines in order to get the desired effect. However, some experts suggest it’s this lack of artistic input from patients that prevents adult coloring from being considered a genuine form of art therapy.
Channeling Your Inner Artist
When we color, it brings out our inner child. We are reminded of the days when life was simple and our biggest worry was watching our favorite cartoon show. Additionally, “concentrating on coloring an image may facilitate the replacement of negative thoughts and images with pleasant ones,” Dr. Joel Pearson, of the University of New South Wales in Australia told Medical Daily. Similar in some ways to meditation, coloring allows a person to space out and focus on the activity.
Just because coloring alone is not considered part of the art therapy profession doesn’t mean the activity isn’t helpful. In fact, there are more and more people using the coloring books to help them focus and sharing their experience on social media.
The art therapy needs to be ventured a lot more. It’s an effective remedy for people who are experiencing different conditions and disorders. If you are someone who is depressed, has low self-esteem, or is looking for a stress-relieving activity, having something as simple as a coloring book can go a long way towards coping your condition.