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Did you know that currently on Amazon, six of the top-selling books are adult coloring books? This unlikely pastime for all of us who have graduated from kindergarten has been increasing in popularity because it’s an easy way to express yourself and de-stress all at the same time.
Coloring allows us to unlock that creative potential that we all possess. Yet more importantly it helps with relieving anxiety and tension. When you are coloring it helps unlock memories from childhood, such as having fun laying on your stomach on the floor and letting your imagination run wild and free.
Antoni Martinez states: “I recommend it as a relaxation technique. We can use it to enter a more creative, freer state. I recommend it in a quiet environment, even with chill music. Let the color and the lines flow.”
Psychologist Ben Michaelis has this to say, “There is a long history of people coloring for mental health reasons. Carl Jung used to try and get his parents to color in mandalas at the turn of the last century, and as a way of getting people to focus and allow the subconscious to let go. Now we know it has a lot of other stress-busting qualities as well.”
Pretty much if you’re having a bad day at work, or even just one of those lower days, grab yourself some crayons or colored pencils and that favorite coloring book, and go to town! You will feel a big difference.