Why Are Adult Coloring Books So Therapeutic?

When you’re a kid, teachers evaluate you on your ability to stay within the lines while coloring. It’s very important to keep your scribbles within the bounds of an image. And yet, unlike learning the alphabet or basic math, you never use coloring again as an adult.

Or do you?Why Are Adult Coloring Books So Therapeutic?

Adult coloring books are the latest craze in self-help therapy. In fact, there’s a good chance you may have even received one as a gift this past holiday season. They make great gifts for anyone who’s dealing with stress, whether it’s the loss of a loved one or tension at work. But why is coloring so therapeutic?

Tiddy Rowan, author of Colour Yourself Calm,  told the Huffington Post that it’s all about “mindfulness,” and that if you watch children coloring, you can see how absorbed they become in the activity. They’re not thinking about anything else, and because it’s such a captivating exercise, it’s a great way for people to relieve anxiety and take their minds off of things that are bothering them.

The reason why young children are encouraged to color is because it helps develop motor skills, creativity, and the senses, but it does so much more than that. It’s long been thought of as a children’s activity, but it’s a practice that’s finding newfound purpose for overextended adults.

Adult coloring books can be purchased at places like Amazon and Barnes & Noble, but any coloring book will do. You can go to Casey’s DollarsNSense store or Dollar General to find coloring books to get started on your next destressing session.

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