Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Adult Coloring Books - Relax and color

Adult Coloring Books have recently become top sellers on Amazon.com. Adult Coloring Books are a FUN way to relieve stress and sharpen your mental skills. "Studies have shown that making art can normalize blood pressure, cortisol levels and heart rate as well as improve feelings of well-being and self-esteem," says Erica Curtis, LMFT, art therapist and instructor with UCLArts and Healing. "Coloring involves attention to the present moment," says Curtis. "And, like during meditation your mind may wander, yet the task of coloring requires it to return to the focal point that is grounded in the present."

Coloring a Mandela or plaid design for 20 minutes was found to be more effective at reducing anxiety levels compared with free-form coloring over the same amount of time.

Coloring books are a way for people to artistically express themselves when they may lack the skills or ability to try traditional art forms like painting, sculpting or craftwork. You don't have to learn how to color. This is why coloring may be ideal for people with decreased cognitive function, like dementia or Alzheimer's disease, or those who have trouble concentrating.

When is the best time to color? Whenever you need it! "Just like following a healthy diet and exercise, the more you do it, the more you will reap its positive rewards," says Curtis. Five to 10 minutes here or there throughout the week is all you may need!

Highlights from UCLA Health newsletter, October 2015, "Mind and Memory"

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1 comment:

  1. I have designed a couple of colouring pictures specifically of hats for our chapter to use. As therapeutic as colouring is, for me designing them is even more therapeutic, with it being very uplifting to see what they look like when they are coloured in by others