Coloring Reduces Stress and Boosts Creativity

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“Smile. Breathe. And go slowly.”

– Thich Nhat Hanh

Did you know coloring can help to improve mood, reduce stress and boost creativity?  Picking up a coloring pencil and book can be beneficial for your mental health.  Dr. Nicola Holt and colleagues from the University of the West England found after 20-minutes of coloring a day the study participants reported improved mental health. [6]   

Health Benefits

  • Increased mindfulness and awareness learning to in the present moment
  • Feelings of increased contentment 
  • Increased energy levels 
  • Decreases stress levels 
  • Feeling more calm and centered
  • Feeling ‘in the zone’
  • Improved creativity 
  • Increased visual attention 
  • Improving cognitive function performance (i.e. reading)

Let’s get started today.

If you found this coloring book useful search google for these key phrases for more options – adult coloring books, colorful mandalas, abstract designs, flora, fauna, or intricate patterns to keep you active and minimize your stress levels.  Note the American Art Therapy Association “supports the use of coloring books for pleasure and self-care, however these uses should not be confused with the delivery of professional art therapy services, during which a client engages with a credentialed art therapist.”

This coloring book is just one tool to help you destress and to keep you moving.  Check out our other stress reduction tips here.  We have additional blog post specific to pilates, pre/post natal, bone building for osteoporosis/osteopenia, mindful meditation, restorative yoga therapy, partner and endurance training.  We believe in treating the whole person with a holistic approach and blend our knowledge and training of movement, nutrition, massage therapy and traditional chinese medicine.  

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  2. ANTOLIK, S., 2020. Adult Coloring Book. The Stress Management Society.
  3. BERL, R.P., 2015, March 24,. Coloring books for grown-ups can ease stress and calm one’s inner child. The Washington Post.
  4. BLACKBURN, H. and CHAMLEY, C.E., 2016. Color Me Calm: Adult Coloring and the University Library. Kansas Library Association College and University Libraries Section Proceedings, 6(1),.
  5. HUNT, J. and EISENBERG, D., 2010. Mental health problems and help-seeking behavior among college students. . Journal of Adolescent Health: Official Publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine, 93(1,3),.
  6. UNIVERSITY OF THE WEST ENGLAND, May 4, 2018-last update, Coloring Reduces Stress and Boosts Creativity.