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Peaceful Patterns Coloring Therapy
Why Coloring Therapy?
Recent studies have shown that the process of coloring has many benefits.
- Slows breathing and heart rate
- Lowers blood pressure
- Improves concentration
- Lowers stress levels
- Lifts the mind and emotions
- Stimulates creativity
- Creates new neural pathways
- Produces "alpha waves" in the brain, thus relieving stress and anxiety
- Not to mention all of the benefits of lower stress levels to your body
- Add to that, it is actually fun, so when people start it for therapy purposes, they usually continue
Which is why more and more adults are coloring for their health as well as the sheer enjoyment of the creative process. In addition, coloring is often part of the therapy for depression, PTSD and other mental and emotional issues.
(Please note: Coloring is not a substitute for getting professional help for your health problems, physical, emotional or mental. )
There are many ways to use coloring for adults and also for children that can make a difference. Coloring in groups has become a growing interest. People gather together to color and chat, taking time away from their usual environment with no other expectation than to color and enjoy the company of those who are of a similar mindset. More and more you see coloring books listed on the agenda of libraries and community centers around the world.
Online groups for colorists (coloring artists) have thousands of contributors who joyfully share their finished pieces while encouraging and cheering on the others in the group. These are generally very congenial and a great social outlet where you can get nourished with praise and recognition. The colorists in these groups are very generous with their compliments.
Thus the growing popularity of adult coloring books. In June of 2016 5 adult coloring books were in the top 10 on Amazon. This trend continues to grow. When I go to Walmart, I often see that the shelves for coloring pencils and markers are very scarce of product and manufacturers of coloring supplies are struggling to keep up with the demand.
So, here is a place to learn more about coloring in general as well as continued information about ongoing research and spotlights on coloring book authors.