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How Coloring Books For Grown-Ups Can Help You De-Stress

Updated on February 29, 2016

It may be tempting to think of coloring as a frivolous waste of time or an activity for children, but don't be fooled! There are many benefits for adults connected with developing the quiet habit of taking a little time each day to explore color and creativity. In this article, we will discuss the positive payoffs in terms of health, happiness and well-being that you can reap when you indulge in coloring books for grownups. Read on to learn more.

Coloring Books For Adults Stimulate Your Imagination

If you have looked at adult coloring books, you have probably been impressed with the intricacy and variety of designs and images presented for coloring. Popular choices include:

* Geometric Patterns

* Psychedelic Patterns

* Gods & Goddesses

* Ancient Designs

* Religious Icons

* Spiritual Images

* Doodle Art

* Mermaids

* Dragons

* Angels

…and much more!

When you set aside some time to apply color to these carefully wrought images, you can relax your mind and stimulate your own creativity. Working with these intricate images stretches the boundaries of your imagination. Coloring is an activity that encourages you to set the world aside and focus on the moment, thus reducing stress. When your stress subsides, you will experience a blossoming of creative thought.

What If I Am Not Good At Coloring?

You don't have to worry! This won't be graded! You can keep your coloring book as your own private "journal" if you want. Nobody has to see it, and as time passes you are sure to see that your coloring abilities will become better and better and more creative and pleasing.

Eventually, you may want to create your own designs. You may want to show others your artwork. You may enjoy sharing your coloring time with your children or grandchildren. If not, that's fine. Remember that this activity is for you! You can do it any way you want to. It's all good!

Reduced Stress Means Improved Health

In study after study, stress has been shown to be the underlying cause of all illness. When you are under stress, your body produces more cortisol, which is also known as the "stress hormone". Excessive cortisol levels cause unexplained weight gain (especially in the abdomen) and an increased risk of high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease and anxiety related illnesses, such as insomnia and panic attacks. Coloring provides a respite from stress and a chance to relax and simply forget about your worries. It is a restful, calming activity that allows your mind to wander pleasantly.

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