More on the Health Benefits of Adult Coloring Books

Reducing anxiety


Frank Walsh

4/1/20232 min read

person holding brown wooden pencil coloring mandalas adult coloring
person holding brown wooden pencil coloring mandalas adult coloring

Are you feeling overwhelmed, stressed, or anxious? If so, you might want to try picking up an adult coloring book.

In recent years, adult coloring books have gained popularity as a way to reduce stress and anxiety, and for good reason.

Research has shown that coloring can have a calming effect on the mind and body. When we color, we engage in a simple, repetitive activity that allows us to focus our attention and quiet our minds. This can be especially helpful for people who struggle with racing thoughts or have a hard time relaxing.

One study found that just 30 minutes of coloring can reduce anxiety levels in adults. The researchers believe that coloring helps to activate the part of the brain that is responsible for creativity and problem-solving, while also calming the amygdala, the part of the brain that is responsible for the fight-or-flight response.

Another benefit of adult coloring is that it can be a form of meditation. When we color, we are in the present moment and focused on the task at hand. This can help to quiet our minds and reduce the chatter of our inner critic. It's like a mini escape from our daily stresses.

(We have a series of books focused on meditation. They are Meditation Water Scenes, Meditation Garden, and Meditation Cabin. Click on the titles for links to Amazon.)

So, what makes adult coloring books different from the ones we used as kids? For one, they often feature more intricate designs and patterns that are meant to be colored in with fine-tipped markers or colored pencils. This can add an extra level of concentration and focus to the activity. Adult coloring books also often feature themes that are geared towards adults, such as mandalas, flowers, and animals.

(We have a number of coloring books with intricate designs, such as Symmetrical Splendor, Sacred Orbits, Flower Power Mandala, and our Fibonacci V1 and V2. We also offer 50 State Birds, 50 State Flowers, Favorite Flowers, and Favorite Dogs Stained Glass. Click on the titles for links to Amazon.)

In addition to being a fun and relaxing activity, adult coloring can also be a way to express ourselves creatively. Even if we don't consider ourselves to be "artistic," coloring can allow us to experiment with color and texture in a low-pressure way.

So, if you're feeling stressed or anxious, give adult coloring books a try. It's a simple and affordable way to take a break from the demands of daily life and focus on something calming and enjoyable.

Plus, you might just end up with a beautiful piece of art to hang on your wall!