One more reason to love coloring books!

I’m a member of a group called “Upgrading Your Intuition”.  We meet once a month and discuss any number of topics that deal with tapping into your inner wisdom. Last month’s meeting was pretty simple… we just sat for 90 minutes and colored.  We each chose a page from an adult coloring book, picked up our crayons and pencils and went-to-town.  It was wonderful. I’ve always loved to color but hadn’t done it in eons.  For an hour and a half we all sat in silence, completely absorbed in our chosen page.  I left vowing to do more coloring and now science seems to have given me a legit excuse to continue.


From Openthemind.com

According To Psychologists, Coloring Is The Best Alternative To Meditation

Currently, six of the top 20 selling books on Amazon are adult coloring books. The unlikely pastime for those of us who have successfully graduated from kindergarten has been gaining popularity of late, as an easy means to express oneself and de-stress along the way.

Coloring allows to unlock your creative potential. Perhaps more important, it helps relieve tension and anxiety. It unlocks memories of childhood and simpler times. As psychologist Antoni Martínez explains: “I recommend it as a relaxation technique. We can use it to enter a more creative, freer state. I recommend it in a quiet environment, even with chill music. Let the color and the lines flow.”

Ben Michaelis, a psychologist, says, “There is a long history of people coloring for mental health reasons. Carl Jung used to try to get his patients to color in mandalas at the turn of the last century, as a way of getting people to focus and allow the subconscious to let go. Now we know it has a lot of other stress-busting qualities as well.”
Basically, if you are having a rough day at work or just a bad day in general, then feel free to take out some crayons or colored pencils and start coloring!

 

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