Adult coloring has been the rage for quite awhile now. I think a lot of people need a release from digital everything. Not only that, but coloring reduces stress and can also be considered a form of mindfulness meditation. Read on how to learn how to get started with adult coloring books.
Have you heard of the amygdala? If not, you’ve certainly heard of a fight or flight response. This is what happens when youíre overwhelmed, overworked, and anxious. It gets worked up and leaves you feeling panicked. Coloring can help to calm the amygdala, which can help you focus on a more positive life experience.
And coloring is fun. It may remind you of a simpler time in your life when you were a child and coloring was a fun pastime. As an adult, it can be an escape, and it reminds you of the joy found in simple things. Think of coloring as a mental break filled with benefits designed to help you ease stress.
Coloring is a no-stress creative outlet that anyone can do with just a few inexpensive supplies.
Coloring for Mental Health
When you were a child, you probably enjoyed using crayons and a coloring book, and today, you can also enjoy this activity by using adult coloring pages. There are multiple mental health benefits from coloring therapy, so don’t feel like you’re being childish!
Mental stress is destructive for your overall health and it can lead to physical problems. Instead of using food or alcohol to relieve your stress after a difficult day keep an assortment of coloring pages and beautiful crayons ready at home.
Coloring Can Relieve Depression
If you struggle with depression, then coloring therapy can lift your mood. When you’re feeling sad, you can choose brightly colored crayons and coloring pages that have a positive or happy theme.
Use crayon colors such as yellow, orange or red to stimulate the emotional center of your brain while you create artwork such as flowers. And while you’r coloring, play some music that you like, concentrate on positive thoughts and say positive affirmations to yourself.
Coloring May Reduce Anxiety
If you struggle with anxiety, then find adult coloring books that focus on mindfulness so that you can feel better. The best crayon colors to reduce anxiety include shades of blue or pale pink. These soothing colors may help you to feel calmer.
How to Get Started With Adult Coloring Books
There’s so many options available not it can be a little overwhelming. And if you don’t like coloring mandalas, there’s lots of options to choose from that are completely adaptable to your skill and mobility needs. Don’t think you’re limited to just coloring mandalas. There are dozens books on almost every theme imaginable. Here’s a few ideas to get you started!
Coloring Supplies for Adult Coloring Books
There’s no rules for adult coloring. Don’t be afraid to experiment and feel free to color outside of the lines! Two of the most popular options are colored pencils and markers. Each one has its own advantage.
With colored pencils, you can change the intensity of the color by varying the amount of pressure you put on the pencil, which gives you more control over how your coloring page will appear.
Markers can give your picture an intense, vibrant look. They’re also a faster way to color, if you’re low on time or energy. However,they don’t allow you to vary your hue. So if you want to color a flower several different shades of pink, you’ll have some difficulty with that. And you’ll also have to check any new coloring books you buy to ensure your markers aren’t ‘bleeding’ onto the next page.
But don’t be afraid to experiment with coloring tools that are out of the box. Some people really using gel pens to color, while other people might prefer to use a box of crayons. Try out a few options and see what you strikes you as the most fun.
How to Choose a Color Palette for Adult Coloring Books
If you’ve ever become frustrated with how your pages come out, try working with color palettes to give your adult coloring books a more uniform look. You can find inspiration for color palettes in nature or around your home. Any time you’re out, if you see a color pattern that inspires you, just take a quick picture of it. For online inspiration, you can do a Pinterest search of color palettes, this inspirational brand palette guide from Canva, Design Seeds, or Color Collective.
The Best Coloring Books for Adults
There is science to support coloring for adults, and even Crayola is excited about the social trend. The brand now carries markers, colored pencils and their own label of Coloring Escapes for grown-ups.
With the explosion of adult coloring, the subject matter of coloring pages for adults is almost infinite. Look for what motivates you and helps to express what you might be thinking…even your darkest thoughts or edgy humor. Nobody has to see it but you!