Six of the 20 best selling books on Amazon right now are adult coloring books. There’s a big reason for this! Coloring is something we typically think as a hobby that little kids would enjoy. But psychologists say that even adults can benefit from it.
“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,” psychologist Antoni Martínez said in an interview with The Huffington Post.
Coloring offers adults a low-stress activity that allows them to unlock their creativity. It helps relieve stress and anxiety because it brings back memories of childhood, simpler times.
“There is a long history of people coloring for mental health reasons. Carl Jung [founder of psychology] 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,” psychologist Ben Michaelis said.
Now if you’re having a rough day, feel free to pick one of those coloring books lying around your house, get some crayons, and start coloring!
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