Inspired Learning: Benefits of Using an Adult Coloring Book

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Benefits of Using an Adult Coloring Book

Embracing Each Moment and Learning to Relax

by J.M. Troppello

“Life is too short not to enjoy it!” – Catherine Pulsifer

The older I get, the more I agree with that statement from Catherine Pulsifer. Life is short. You should cherish each moment. One way to embrace each moment is to learn how to relax. You can read more about the importance of relaxing in my article, 4 Reasons Why You Should Practice Self Care.

According to clinical psychologist Scott M. Brea, PsyD:

“Adult coloring requires modest attention focused outside of self-awareness. It’s a simple activity that takes us outside ourselves in the same way, cutting the lawn, knitting, or taking a Sunday drive can all be relaxing.”

One of the Christmas gifts my sister bought me was an adult coloring book. I confess that I haven’t used it yet. After I wrote that article about self-care, I thought about the coloring book she’d given me. It led me down a trail of searching online and that’s how this article developed.

There are several benefits to using an adult coloring book. If you haven’t yet used one, maybe these benefits will entice you to start. Maybe they’ll motivate me to start as well.

1. Streamlined Relaxation

If you’re like most people, you probably wish you had more time to relax. One way to unwind after a long day is to spend time coloring. Now, this may not be for everyone. If you’re not detail-oriented, coloring may not be a good way for you to relax. However, if you like getting creative and want to relax, try an adult coloring book.

2. Childhood Memories

Coloring can bring back memories of your younger days. Now, this won’t be a good activity if those childhood memories aren’t so great. However, if you have good memories related to coloring, this could be a positive way for you to chill and focus on happy thoughts. Thinking about nice memories can be a catalyst for you to work through the myriad of thoughts spinning through your mind.

3. Enhanced Connections

I had no idea that adult coloring groups existed until I did the research for this article. If you’re interested in connecting with fellow adults who like coloring, visit Cleverpedia to find a list of coloring clubs near you. Maybe coloring with other adults can be a way for you to expand your social circle while doing something fun.

4. Boosted Creativity

Coloring can be a way to boost your creativity. If you’re creatively blocked with a project you’re working on, take out that adult coloring book that’s collecting dust on your bookshelf—and get to work. Who knows, maybe you’ll be inspired and can get back to work on that project which has been moving forward at a snail’s pace.

Start Your Coloring Journey Today

As Dr. Shainna Ali wrote in Psychology Today:

Are Adult Coloring Books Actually Helpful, “It seems as though adult coloring books are therapeutic, but they aren’t therapy.”

If you want some therapeutic activity that can streamline relaxation, bring back childhood memories, enhance your connections, and boost creativity—then start using an adult coloring book today.

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About the Author

J.M. Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.

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