By Megan Sarnacki, Staff Writer
Photo courtesy of the Huffington Post
Who says coloring is just for kids? With exams approaching, the amount of assignments and studying can cause a lot of stress for many students. While there are various methods to de-stress oneself, the simple act of coloring has been found to help as well.
According to psychologists, coloring is not just a children’s activity. Although it is usually associated with childhood, it does not mean that adults cannot enjoy this hobby. As we color, we use both the left and right side of the brain. Because both areas of the brain are being used, coloring benefits adults, especially with relaxation.
Psychologist Gloria Martínez Ayala says, “The action involves both logic, by which we color forms, and creativity, when mixing and matching colors.” This aids in visualization, imagination, and dexterity. In addition, it “lowers the activity of the amygdala,” a part of the brain that regulates anxiety and other feelings. When we color, our concentration is fixated on a single task. Therefore, we are no longer worrying about our doubts, fears, and apprehensions. It also emphasizes our creativity, inspiration, curiosity, and youthfulness. As we color, we quiet ourselves and become more liberated.
“We can also use it to connect with how we feel, since depending on our mood we choose different colors or intensity,” adds psychologist Antoni Martínez. Coloring is a calm, soothing, and enjoyable activity. It is a chance to escape from reality because it allows us to take a break from stress and be separated from all the pressures of the world.
Recently, coloring books designed for adults have become very popular all over the world. France, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States are just a few of the countries that have joined this newest trend. These books can have all kinds of various designs, such as mandalas, flowers, gardens, animals, and other intricate sketches. They are a great way for those people who want to color, but cannot seem to find inspiration when given a blank sheet of paper.
It requires no previous art knowledge or skill, and patterns can be found from purchasing a book or printing individual designs from the internet. Besides the pattern, all you need is some colored pencils. Coloring books also make an excellent, yet reasonable priced, holiday gift for college students that need to find presents for all of their friends and family. Since these books have been in demand, most stores will have them on their shelves or online. Some places to check out are Barnes & Noble, Schuler Books, Michael’s, Five Below, and Amazon.
Coloring books can be a great stress-reliever and an enjoyable hobby for many people. However, if this does not suit you, experiment with your own interests and find a hobby that you love. That way, the next time you are stressed, you can take some time to relax and have fun.
About the Writer…
Megan Sarnacki is a sophomore. She is interested in digital media and other fields of entertainment. She enjoys traveling, exercising, binge-watching Netflix, and spending time with family and friends.