Mindfulness coloring books have been around for 56 years, but it wasn’t until a couple of years ago that the coloring trends have burst among adults.
Today, 1/3 of tops best sellers are in fact Mindfulness coloring books.
They are several reasons why these are so popular now. No doubt that it’s fun to color, but the numerous mental and physical health benefits is what’s accounting for its record selling success.
Even though I meditate twice a day, I like to incorporate some coloring into my schedule. It truly gets my mind out of things, helps me relax, and even hits my creative side. Some days I actually feel proud of my color combinations.
The What and Why of the Amazing Benefits of Coloring:
- It relieves stress and anxiety by calming the amygdala, which is the part of our brain that associated to fear and stress response
- Boosts focus and creativity, practicing color combination, and letting yourself immerse in the moment can truly stimulate brain areas responsible for creativity and concentration.
- Increases logic, every time you choose a color the analytical part of the brains gets activated
- Enhances coordination and motor skills, as simple you think coloring may be, you enhance in great measure your coordination and motor skills every time you place a color pencil on the paper and move it around
Why coloring and meditation are often compared?
Dr. Stan Rodski, a neuropsychologist and author of an adult line of coloring books, explained the similarities between coloring and meditation. He says that just as Mindfulness meditation, coloring can also help to anchor yourself in the present moment and achieve a relaxed state of mind. Furthermore, other studies done by Dr. Joel Pearson, a brain scientist from the University of New South Wales in AU, concluded that coloring helps you to replace negative thoughts with pleasant ones decreasing levels of anxiety, stress and even depression.
So why not give it a try, coloring may be your first step towards a fun successful meditative practice.
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