What used to be known only as a fun activity for kids, coloring is now a widely used tool for kids and adults. You can purchase color books or even download them for free from various sites on the web.
According to the Mayo Clinic Health System, coloring can have several benefits in improving your mental health.
Coloring can help you to be more mindful. Mindfulness is the ability to focus and stay in the moment. For example, you're most likely thinking about the present moment because you focus on color choice and staying inside the lines. You can shut off the noise around you and give your mind the gift of focusing on the movements, sensations, and emotions of your present moment.
Coloring is a healthy way of relieving stress. Although coloring isn't the ultimate cure for stress and anxiety, sitting down for a long coloring session holds great value. As you color, pay attention to your breathing rhythm, ensuring steady, full breaths from your diaphragm, and tune into your heart rate periodically if you can.
Embrace the Imperfect
Enjoy the simple beauty of coloring. It doesn't matter if your picture is neat or messy. The only thing that matters is if you find enjoyment and relaxation while coloring.
Whether you do it alone or with your child or family, coloring can provide hours of entertainment, boost your mood, and give you a sense of accomplishment when you finish your masterpiece. WIN-WIN-WIN!
You can download your free Relaxation Mandala Color Pages here.
Now, where'd we put those colored pencils?!?!