The Top 4 Ways To Reduce Stress By Coloring
By Nick P.
In today’s fast-paced world, there seems to be more and more stress that we are put under.
The stress of working a regular job, demanding deadlines, getting to and from work is stressful all in itself. Add to it the stress of dealing with family, making sure that kids get their schoolwork done, and making sure they get fed can also be stressful.
Let’s just face it.
LIFE. IS. STRESSFUL.
There, I said it.
We try to cram so much into every day that it becomes a constant challenge to keep up, even with ourselves. We set the pace, and then we try to move faster.
Have we ever thought about stopping, or at the very least, slowing down and doing something just for ourselves?
I know when things get so hectic that I feel I am on a runaway train that I take a moment to pause.
And then I color.
Yep, I love to color. It helps me so many different ways to reduce the stress in my life, and I wanted to share with you what it does.
Let’s get this one out of the way. Carl Jung, who was a famous psychotherapist about a hundred or so years ago used to prescribe coloring to his patients as a way to help them de-stress. He would use Mandalas (something I enjoy creating as well as coloring) to help them become calm and have less stress in their lives. I know it works great for me as well, just to relax. But why?
- Coloring Can Be Like Meditation. Some of you may say that coloring is NOT a passive thing. That’s true, you do have to be actively moving to be coloring. However, it will allow you to focus on the one thing you have in front of you, which is a coloring page. Meditation is very much the same. You have one thing you focus on in order to clear your mind of the rest of the things that are cluttering your head. I like to call it “Monkey Mind”, because it seems that your thoughts can jump around like a monkey from tree to tree. When you put one thing in front of you, and you focus on that one thing for an extended period of time, it helps you to let go of all the other stuff jumping around. I find that if I color for 20 to 30 minutes a day, that I feel more at peace, and relaxed as I tackle the rest of the things I have for the day.
- Coloring Helps You Unplug. Let’s face it, we are so ‘integrated’ these days with everything. From social media, to email, to texting, we are plugged in to everything. All through our ‘smart’ phones. It doesn’t need to be like that. We can take a bit of time, turn off the phone, turn off the noise, and sit down and color. There’s nothing so urgent in the email you receive in the next 20 to 30 minutes that cannot wait. Or that text. Or that social media post that your ‘smart’ phone just notified you of. In fact, turning off the noise, sitting down and coloring will help you to deal with all that noise better when you come back to it. And, it gives you the one thing that is most important. Time with yourself! We want to give, give, give, but we do nothing to take care of ourselves. Coloring, and turning off the noise, helps you to achieve that.
- Coloring Helps Reduce Anxiety. You know, stress unchecked will just about wreck you totally. It’ll manifest itself in ways that really harm your health, and one way is to create anxiety in your life. Did I write that last proposal well? Did that email make sense to the boss? I haven’t heard back from him/her yet! All that starts to turn into anxiety. I know, because I had a very stressful job that required me to be 10 places at once, and report to so many different people that I didn’t know what to say to whom. And that stress started to become anxiety for me. I started to dread having to deal with certain issues because of the level of stress and anxiety it would cause. I will say that spending some time coloring a page or two, or at the very least working on a particular part of a coloring page would help reduce the feelings I had, and help me cope with them better as well. I hope that you never let your stress go unchecked that it becomes anxiety, but if it does, then I hope you decide that you want to take time for you and start to color.
- Coloring Can Help Spark Creativity. How can being more creative be less stressful? Well, have you ever tried to pick a paint color for your walls at home? How about making a matching outfit? What about writing that proposal to the boss that shows a different way to reach a company goal? Yes, that’s how being more creative can help you. I know that after I color for a while, that I see how colors can blend together better, or clash like an ice pick to the eyes. I know also that it helps me in my writing, in my ability to think through a problem creatively, and also faster so there’s less stress in trying to come up with a solution.
I’m sure there are many more reasons and ways that coloring will help someone reduce their stress, but these are the ones that work for me.
However, I would love to hear from you what you benefit the most from when you color. Please leave us a comment below, and I will be sure to respond back to you as soon as I can.
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