In the last few years, adult coloring has made a surge to help combat stress. And there are 3 reasons to color in your journal not just because it’s fun and reminds you of perhaps easier times in life but it gives you a mental break!
Reason #1: Coloring Calms You
Have you heard of amygdala? If not, you’ve certainly heard of a fight or flight response. This is what happens when you’re overwhelmed, overworked, and anxious. It gets worked up and leaves you feeling panicked. Coloring helps calm the amygdala, which can help you focus on a more positive life experience.
Reason #2: Coloring Encourages Mindfulness
It takes a great deal of time and effort to color a page. It takes precision and careful thought, which can help you manifest mindfulness. It’s a great way to help you focus. When you learn to focus and be genuinely present in the moment, you learn to be more mindful. Mindfulness helps you in other areas of your life, such as finding enjoyment in the simple things. What you might not know you can focus on your mindfulness while you color, and you can sharpen the tools you use to practice being more present in life.
Reason #3: Coloring Relieves Stress
Stress isn’t always negative. Many forms of stress are actually quite helpful in that they help you focus on things that need your attention. This is called positive stress that motivates you to work harder and more efficiently. When stress is overwhelming, however, it’s negative. This kind of negative stress occurs when you focus on things you can’t change in life no matter how hard you think about them or focus on them. It stems from worry, which is a wasted emotion.
Color in your journal helps you take your mind off the things you fear or worry about, and it helps you focus on the here and now. It’s much like mindfulness only it allows you to feel calmer and less stressed. You might even walk away from your coloring pages with a renewed sense of energy and a newfound sense of peace thanks to the stress relief.
Coloring books are an excellent way to improve mental health. You needn’t suffer from health issues to use these books to help you improve your life, either. Even if you aren’t anxious or too stressed, you can benefit from adult coloring. It’s designed to remind you of the simple pleasures life has to offer.