10 Benefits of Adult Coloring

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Why Adult Coloring?

Ever since I was a little girl, I have always loved being artistic. Now I know that there are great health benefits to these creative outlets. I loved collecting pens, markers, stickers, notebooks, and coloring books. That was my thing, you could always find me creating some type of art. 

We often forget about the things that brought us joy as children and leave them in our childhood. Recently, I started coloring again. I needed something to help with my anxiety and to break me away from all of the screens. 

I loved how coloring made me feel, I even created my own coloring book to capture the quotes and dichos that motivated me. Believe it or not, there are several benefits to adult coloring. 

Here are 10 benefits of adult coloring:

1. Reduce Stress

Part of the reason I started coloring again was that I felt so much stress; either because of work or how hard parenthood could be. It was exciting to buy coloring books and art supplies, but taking some time away to color helped reduce my stress. Even if it was for only 15 minutes.

2. Reduce Anxiety

Similar to reducing stress, coloring also helps with taking your mind off of things and in return reducing anxiety. Once you pick the page you want to color, select your color scheme, maybe throw on some relaxing music, and then let your mind focus on coloring inside the lines, it helps your mind release what you were thinking about before. 

3. Sparks Creativity

Adulting often means we don’t make time to be creative unless we have some really cool job that requires it. Adult coloring means we get to be creative with the colors we pick, the coloring page we choose, and how we display our artwork.

4. It’s Fun! 

Along the same lines as creativity, adult coloring is FUN. It doesn’t have to cost a lot of money either. I have so much fun finding cool new colors and different art supplies. Using them to bring a coloring page to life is exciting. 

5. Great way to take a break! 

I often fall down a social media doom scroll when I take a break. Adult coloring is a better way to take a break during your busy day. You can pick a coloring page and spend 15 minutes a day coloring, you can end your week with a beautiful masterpiece.

6. Mindfulness

Adult coloring promotes mindfulness and clearing your mind of negative thoughts. Especially if you pick a motivational coloring book, coloring while taking deep breaths is a form of mindfulness. I sometimes will multi-task and color while I use a mindfulness app.

7. Embracing Imperfection

This is a big one for me, embracing imperfection is a challenge but helpful for our overall wellness. I am a recovering perfectionist and adult coloring has helped me with embracing the creativity of adult coloring versus making my page look perfect. Push yourself to color for the sake of taking a break and having fun instead of worrying about what it will look like once you’re done.

8. Improves Brain Function

Your brain is a powerful organ and needs to be taken care of. Some of the brain’s main functions include: processing sensory information, regulating blood pressure and breathing, and releasing hormones. Because the benefits of adult coloring include reducing stress and anxiety and calming negative thoughts, your brain function improves. Adult coloring also helps you stretch your problem-solving and fine motor skills. 

9. Helps with Sleep

Sleep is hella important. I have learned the hard way, but now I prioritize my sleep. If you want to start clocking your eight hours of sleep, try coloring before bed instead of scrolling social media on your phone or watching TV. Time away from the blue screen will help you fall asleep faster and sleep longer.

10. Bonding Opportunity

Coloring books are no longer just for kids. There are fun and inspiring adult coloring books. Coloring with your little one or a loved one of any age is a great way to bond without having to spend too much money or leave your house. This is something I enjoyed doing with my little one, especially during the pandemic. It’s a great way to spend time together, share coloring tools, and display finished artwork together. 

Picture of an adult coloring book with sharpie markers and coloring pencils

My Reflections

Adult coloring has so many benefits. It has helped me with my stress and tap into healing my inner child. Using a coloring book that helps me reflect and reminisce is a plus, and I encourage you to find a coloring book that calls to you. I created my coloring book because I was having a hard time finding one that allowed me to express my culture and be motivational at the same time. You can check it out on my shop page

Have fun coloring!

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