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Adult Coloring Books - a Childhood Pastime for Stress Management

Pablo Picasso once said that art washes away the dust of everyday life from the soul. Proving this now is the emerging form of therapy called art therapy. It employs your self-expression and creativity as vehicles to reduce stress, clear the mind, increase awareness and improve self-esteem. Whereas other forms of therapy depend on verbal communication, this type of healing depends more on abstract types of communication in the form of art thus tapping into those elements of human sub-conscious that are too difficult to bring out by using traditional techniques.

There are many ways in which you can tap into your creativity and make something new and exciting. Here are some methods to bring out that artist in you.


You can design your own postcards to show your true feelings. Design one to vent out all your anger which you could not display otherwise or to show that special someone your true love and care. Designing such a card triggers different parts of your brain and adds great value to your feelings.


While cards offer you small surface areas to work on, collages are just the opposite. Go to work on those circulars, newspapers, and advertisements with a pair of scissors and let your imagination run wild. Depending on the area in which you are seeking encouragement including love, family, and finance, select the right pictures that uplift your feelings and moods. Using these pictures as individual items for creating larger collages helps you stay relaxed.

Coloring Books

If a collage requires assembling pictures, coloring books require concentrated coloring. Unlike the novelty coloring books, books for adults contain patterns and geometric designs in all forms to promote mindfulness. Many studies have established the effectiveness of such books as a medium of art therapy in reducing stress. While a blank page causes paralysis of the mind, coloring provides great relief to it. Forming a focal point to concentrate on a repetitive motion in a limited space, adult coloring books bring a calming effect to your wavering mind through patterns. 

Such stress-relieving patterns and designs like stained glass and amazing animals offer incredible peace of mind and a child-like happiness. Finding that mindfulness art therapy helps to decrease symptoms of physical and emotional pressure significantly, many therapists now recommend it for people dealing with tension, depression and anxiety among other health conditions as a form of stress management protocol.

You don’t have to be an artist to enjoy art therapy since it provides a creative venture that you can try without having any artistic flair. The onus is chiefly on the creative process more than the end result. All you need to do is focus on the coloring activity. When you do that, it automatically switches off your brain from other disturbing thoughts and helps you to concentrate on that particular moment.

Manage stress through your childhood pastime. Start coloring now.

  • February 24, 2016
  • Tracee Garrett