Our latest Kyle2U Video features 5 Reasons Adult Coloring Books Will Change Your Life and help you be stress free.
#1. Coloring Lets Out Your Artistic Side
There are no rules when you’re coloring. Stay inside the lines, go outside the lines, use colored pencils or finger paint. You decide all of the details as there is no right or wrong. Show your artistic side if you have one, or just randomly color. Coloring gives you the freedom to be as artistic (or not) as you want to be.
#2. Coloring Retrains Your Amygdala To Be Calmer
The amygdala is the part of your brain that controls fear. It does not “think”, it simply reacts. Clinical Psychologist Ben Michaelis states, “Coloring allows the fear center of your brain to relax, thereby relaxing you —and not just while you are coloring. Giving your amygdala periodic rests actually reduces your stress overall. Coloring is a meditative, free-time activity you can schedule, making it perfect for retraining your amygdala to respond less harshly to stress.”
#3 Coloring Is A Form of Meditation
Like meditation, coloring focuses your mind to a single task, while helping you to clear everything else out. Meditation itself has an extremely long list of health benefits.
#4 Coloring Trains Your Brain To Focus
Coloring helps open up the frontal lobe of the brain. The frontal lobe is the problem solving center of the body and is responsible for helping to focus the mind. Dedicating time to engage the frontal lobe helps to train your brain to focus over time.
#5. Psychiatrists have prescribed coloring for over a century.
Famed Psychiatrist Carl Jung began prescribing coloring to his adult patients as a way to center themselves. He often directed them to color mandalas – ancient Indian symbols that are meant to represent wholeness in our psyche. He even colored mandalas for himself, “I sketched every morning in a notebook a small circular drawing, a mandala, which seemed to correspond to my inner situation at the time. With the help of these drawings I could observe my psychic transformations from day to day…My mandalas were cryptograms…in which I saw the self—that is, my whole being—actively at work.” (1965: 195-196).