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Coloring Relieves Stress

Posted by Patrice DeHaven on

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Remember when you were a child, lying on your tummy on the floor, coloring book open, crayon in hand with the other crayons spilling out of the box? Can you remember the sense of peace and enjoyment you felt while you were coloring? Why not consider revisiting this favorite childhood pastime to help during those times when you find yourself feeling on edge.

Coloring is one of the best forms of meditation. 

For many of us, when we think of coloring, we connect to the innocence of childhood and a time when we weren't burdened by responsibility and expectation. Picking up a crayon once again can help us reconnect to a sense of simplicity we have temporarily lost. 

You could think of coloring as letting your inner child come out and have a fun time, or you could think of this activity as a form of meditation. Choosing colors and the gentle, repetitive motion of your hand as you bring color to paper helps quiet your mind--bringing your usual rapid-fire thoughts down to a much slower pace. Now that you're an adult, there are no limits.

Not only can you now give yourself permission to color outside the lines, you can keep your coloring as simple, or get as sophisticated, as you want.

Also, if you feel the need to bring some intellectual stimulation to your coloring time, there are several coloring books containing illustrations of the anatomy. It is said, one of the most effective ways medical students learn about the intricacies of the human body is by coloring detailed illustrations of various body parts.

Think of coloring as a creative quick-fix.

Coloring is the perfect creative quick-fix for anyone. It's a time to experiment with color and to express your moods with color in an effortless, convenient and affordable way.

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Coloring alongside children can be inspiring.

Coloring is ageless.

It’s more than just as a stress reliever.

Coloring is being used in formal therapeutic settings such as eye-hand coordination development and to help heal victims of trauma. Regardless of your needs, there is so much to be gained by spending some time coloring.

We frequently use coloring books in birthday baskets and get well baskets.  There  are many forms of coloring choices now, journals, post-its, notepads, etc.which we carry in stock. These will be perfect additions to add to our Professional Administrative Day baskets.

(You can also search the Web for the many sites which offer free, printer-friendly coloring pages.)

I have always loved to color and the smell of Crayola crayons, how about you?


~Presently Relieving Stress

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