The Surprising Health Benefits of Adult Coloring

Healthy is as Healthy Colors


Frank Walsh

3/26/20232 min read

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Since the advent of adult coloring books sixty plus years ago, they have surged in popularity, and now offer a wide variety of styles and subject matter.

These include mandalas (see our titles on Amazon, Symmetrical Splendor and Sacred Orbits) and other designs like Fibonacci Spirals (our titles Fibonacci Spirals V1 and Fibonacci Spirals V2). Other popular adult coloring books focus on coloring animals (our 50 State Birds, Favorite Dogs Stained Glass), flowers (our 50 State Flowers, Favorite Flowers), and meditative contents (see our titles, Meditation Garden, Meditation Cabin, and Meditation Water Scenes). And let’s not forget our thematic ABC’s titles for adults, Steampunk ABCs, Flower World ABCs, and Fantastic World ABCs, and our love and peace designs, Peace Symbols and Heart Shapes.

(And now, after the shameless self-promotion, we return to the regularly scheduled post.)

But did you know that coloring can also have several positive health benefits for adults?

Research has shown that coloring can help reduce stress and anxiety by inducing a meditative state and relaxing the fear center of the brain. Coloring can also improve mindfulness by helping individuals focus on the present moment.

But the benefits don’t stop there. Coloring can also improve brain function by activating different parts of the brain and improving cognitive function. It requires hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills, which can help improve these abilities with regular practice.

Coloring before bed can also help improve sleep quality by reducing exposure to blue light from electronic devices and promoting relaxation. And coloring requires ongoing focus and concentration, which can help improve overall focus and attention.

We plan to return to the specific health benefits in future posts, focusing on each of these benefits in specific posts.

So next time you’re feeling stressed or just need a break, consider picking up a coloring book and some colored pencils or your favorite markers. Not only is it a fun and relaxing activity, but it can also have several positive health benefits for your mind and body.

Image from our coloring book "Sacred Orbits: A Mandala Coloring Book for Mindful Meditation and Creative Exploration (RB Mandala)