I loved coloring as a child. I spent many happy hours doing it, and I have great memories of coloring/drawing with my Great Uncle Chuck. I don’t do it enough as an adult, but I do enjoy watching my grandkids color, as well as joining them when I am able. I plan to make more time in my life to participate in this simple, but important activity – not just for the moments shared, but for the other benefits it offers.
In addition to being a creative outlet, coloring encourages relaxation (reduces stress/anxiety) and the release of emotions by inducing the same mental state as meditation. This, in turn, can create better sleep. Coloring also helps to build spatial awareness, concentration, and focus while improving hand-eye coordination as well as color and shape recognition. Amazingly, these benefits are proven for all ages – children and adults alike.
So, as we celebrate National Coloring Book Day on August 2nd, let’s find some peace by expressing yourself. Grab your favorite themed coloring book(s) and crayons, colored pencils, or whatever type pens you enjoy, then get your creativity on!