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Why Adult Coloring Books Can Be Weirdly Therapeutic

Why Adult Coloring Books Can Be Weirdly Therapeutic

Coloring is not just for kids anymore. What started as a hobby for adults has now turned into an international trend, with therapists touting the positive results of adult coloring books. Find out why they are flying off the shelves and can be a positive pathway to healing.

Healing Power of Art

Art is not able to cure disease or addiction any more than drugs can cure addiction. It is yet another therapeutic or comforting tool that can support processing your feelings. This form of art therapy when used in this sense is wildly successful as a mindfulness tool. It can lower emotional distress, anxiety, fear, and help calm people who have dementia.  To engage in the creative process feels like you can take a positive turn towards healing.

What Happens

When you color, it may not constitute art therapy but that does not mean the activity is not helpful. More people are using coloring books in class and in therapy to help focus. The inability to focus is often a symptom of anxiety or stress. Addiction can create anxiety which can be supported by art therapy tools like coloring in a meditative sense. Sometimes the brain waves will change and a person will begin to notice repetition and detail with coloring that helps cope with the outside world better.

Getting Started

The best way to get started with adult coloring is to embrace the positive aspects it provides. You might engage in art therapy as a way to dip your toe in the water but you may also focus on buying a book you like at the store and using it during meditation practice at home. Anything that helps you regain control of your thoughts and feelings can help you process what is going on in your life in a positive way. Rather than focus on what is not going right, try to:

  • Develop a daily habit of incorporating it into meditation
  • Try different books that entice you
  • Buy markers, colored pencils and other tools that make it feel fun
  • Try doing it with friends or others who enjoy this activity

Soon enough you’ll find mentally you are engaging more in the positive rather than seeking to pull out the struggles and challenges. This break may be just what you need to start the healing process.

Let us help you recover from addiction and seek the resources you need to keep you clean and sober. Whether it is adult coloring books, art therapy, or something else, we will help you find what you need. Call us 24/7 at our toll-free number: 866-294-9401