Coloring books are no longer just for children. They’ve become a viable activity to exercise your mind.
You might be rolling your eyes right now, but hear us out about ways coloring books can help keep your mind healthy.
Coloring helps with focus
It takes some level of focus to stay within the lines and choose color schemes. That part might seem obvious, but the other way coloring helps you focus is that it puts all of your attention on a single task, so you’re not distracted by your phone, technology, or daytime television.
Coloring reduces anxiety
Studies have shown that coloring lowers anxiety and stress levels. This happens because it slows down your amygdala, a chunk of important gray matter in the brain. In general, coloring relaxes your mind, which naturally reduces your anxiety.
Coloring allows you to reminisce
Every child remembers choosing just the right color of crayon to bring a picture to life and explore their creativity. Before you could say your ABCs, one of the first lessons you were tasked with was coloring between the lines. This means that using a coloring book as an adult will allow you to remember the simpler times of elementary school or road trips with the family and using coloring as a way to pass the time all the way to Disney World.
Don’t laugh off coloring books
We hope this blog post convinces you that coloring books aren’t only beneficial to kids but to people of all ages. Not only are they relaxing, but they can help you exercise your mind, so you can stay sharp for years to come.
You can find adult coloring books in just about any bookstore these days, including places like Target or Wal-Mart. Why not pick one up and recapture your youth?
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