When you were a child, you probably spent a good amount of time coloring in books. Putting crayons to paper isn’t just child’s play anymore though. Adult coloring books are trending big time as more and more research is coming out about the health benefits of coloring for seniors.
Coloring has therapeutic potential to reduce anxiety, create focus or bring about more mindfulness. Like meditation, coloring allows the brain to switch off other thoughts and focus, according to the CNN article Why adult coloring books are good for you, which also has a list of books that are selling well in the adult market.
Check out these 10 therapeutic benefits of coloring books for adults, including activating the analytical and creative sides of the brain and invoking the stress-free days of childhood.
Adult coloring books can help with a number of emotional and mental health issues, according to The Huffington Post’s 7 Reasons Adult Coloring Books Are Great for Your Mental, Emotional and Intellectual Health, which states: For many, boredom, lack of structure, and stress are the greatest triggers they have. This applies to individuals with obsessive-compulsive disorders, anxiety disorders, stress disorders, depressive disorders, eating and binge eating disorders, anger management issues, and substance abuse issues. The time and focus that adult coloring takes helps the individual remove the focus from the negative issues and habits, and focus them in a safe and productive way.
An article in Psychology Today suggests the benefits of coloring mandalas.
Online stores offer coloring books geared for adults with dementia. Here is one.
Get some free coloring pages for seniors here.