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Colors and benefits of coloring for children and adults

* How does coloring help people relax?

In life, sometimes we feel unable to concentrate on the work, fatigue, lack of focus, many people are stressed or anxious. And they can find it difficult to stay focused in the present moment. 

The act of coloring is likened to meditation or mindfulness in that it gives people something else to focus their attention on. When the brain is focused on a simple activity that takes us outside of ourselves and with a predictable outcome, it's able to relax.

Dr. Joel Pearson, a brain scientist at the University of New South Wales in Australia explains: "You have to look at the shape and size, you have to look at the edges, and you have to pick a colour. It should occupy the same parts of the brain that stops any anxiety-related mental imagery happening as well. Anything that helps you control your attention is going to help.”

It's amazing that something so simple and enjoyable can have so many unknown benefits for users of all ages.

Coloring are now being realised for all age groups as it takes its place alongside yoga and meditation as an enjoyable way of improving mental and physical well-being. Even inspire teachers to use it in upper primary and elementary schools as an effective way of calming their students and introducing them to mindfulness. 

* For Children coloring can be a highly effective way of fostering physical and psychological development in children. While it's a relaxing form of self-expression that stimulates creativity it also promotes a range of benefits to nurture well-being.

– Coloring is an activity that helps children build the muscles in their fingers, hand and wrist which aids in manipulating small objects. So, it's fine motor development. 

– Coloring in requires great attention to detail and precision to keep within the lines which gives children an opportunity to develop their hand-eye co-ordination. 

– Besides, visual perception is an important skill to develop in young children. Coloring can help strengthen awareness of the hand's position and margins on the page to help children keep their pencil within a given area. From there help children to spatial awareness.

– Coloring helps children concentration and focus. For children, it takes time and skill to complete a page of coloring and requires a great deal of concentration to ensure pencils stay within the lines.

– For a child, there's nothing more pleasing and encouraging than completing a task and being happy with the result. And it can fill them with pride and the confidence to try something new.

– When coloring creativity allows children to express their individuality through color selection and medium.

– Filling in the spaces with color on a printed page helps children to recognise hue, perspective, shape and form as well as giving them an opportunity to explore different color combinations.

– Coloring is a way to relax and releasing emotions. Coloring can have a profoundly therapeutic and calming effect on children as they shift their focus to concentrate on finishing their picture. This peaceful activity can provide an outlet for processing emotions and take the focus off challenging situations.

* Benefits of coloring for adults:

Besides the benefit of coloring for children, coloring for adults also has quite a lot of benefits as follows:

– Coloring helps maintain focus. 

Theresa Citerella, a student studying art therapy at Lesley University in Cambridge, Mass. Said that “A lot of my fellow graduate classmates bring these coloring books into the classroom setting as a tool to focus more on lectures.” She explained that more professors are beginning to welcome this behavior. “For my internship, I find the clients who are fidgeting and cannot sit still ask for coloring in books in order to concentrate on group discussions.”

– Coloring can help you sleep.

In fact, most of us are guilty of using such devices in the evening so if sleeping is an issue, replacing devices with coloring books can be beneficial.

– An alternative to yoga or meditation

Dr. Stan Rodski shared that he was having trouble getting his clients to use traditional techniques such as breathing, yoga and meditation to help control anxiety. When he saw how quickly and easily coloring relaxed children, he decided to research it as an alternative for adults and found it helped them achieve the same deep sense of relaxation. Dr. Rodski maintains that "five minutes of colouring a day is enough to get the same effect on the brain as about an hour worth of conventional meditation."

– Modern self-help tool

When testing to measure improvements in psychological outcomes, a study concluded that "Coloring participants showed significantly lower levels of depressive symptoms and anxiety after the intervention… We conclude that daily coloring can improve some negative psychological outcomes and that it may provide an effective, inexpensive, and highly accessible self-help tool."

Dr. Rodski said "If you look at it from the brain perspective, when they started colouring their brain recognised it as a happy place and it helped them to feel quite youthful again" 


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