You see them just about everywhere. Walmart, Kmart, Lowe's, your local grocery store, they are among the top sellers on amazon, you even find them on ebay & chances are you'll find one under your tree or in your stocking this year.
What am I talking about? Adult coloring books
As a merchandiser, I put out hundreds of these every week in 3 separate Walmarts in Central Iowa & a Lowe's. I can't keep them on the shelf. I think it is absolutely amazing how this has caught on. I've picked up a few myself & my daughter has gotten into them as well.
But what are the health benefits of coloring? Truthfully, there are quite a few benefits.
First off, think back to when you were a kid. You would color & your frustrations with life would magically disappear. The frustrations would appear on the paper in front of you. Either as mad scribbles or a meticulously colored picture.
Studies has shown that coloring is a great stress reliever. In group discussions it helps people focus, if they fidget quite a bit coloring helps reduce fidgeting & the best part of coloring is that it changes your brainwaves by replacing negative thoughts with something positive.
Coloring also offers an alternative to meditation. A way to change your world for a time. I'm sure some of us moms who are stressed by life, work, family & all of the extra curricular activities enjoy a temporary get away from life & escape into a world of color.
Also by coloring, we use both of our cerebral hemispheres to mix & match colors, to use our vision & fine motor skills .
Psychologist Antoni Martínez recommends a quiet environment & chill music while coloring. Personally, I prefer to have 80's music in the background.
Ok, you have your adult coloring books in front of you & the largest box of colored pencils that you can find on the shelf. You look at the colorless picture in front of you. Where do you start, what colors do you choose.
This color psychology page gives you a pretty good idea on your personality based on the colors they choose -
There are many free coloring pages available online thru google images if you don't want to fight the holiday crowds for one of those long sought after coloring books.
Until next time, be happy & color your way thru the holidays,