Does Coloring Help to De-stress?
Coloring is a quick, all natural, noninvasive way to get your stress under control. Life is hectic. Today’s society is one big stressor. It can be hard to escape from the stress. Taking a simple step like coloring can make a huge difference in how you perceive the stress in your life. In another post, we identified 4 reasons why adults are coloring.
Stress is a very real reaction to worry. Stress starts with worry but winds up as a physical reaction that can cause a lot of distress on our bodies and wear our body functions down. Keeping stress down can improve all around health. Keeping stress down can help us to lose weight. Keeping stress down can help us to sleep better. Keeping stress down can help us to feel better and to look better.
It seems almost too easy to color away your troubles but accordingly the simplest answer is usually the right answer. You do not have to go on drug therapies to reduce your stress or pay for expensive “how to” books or take an expensive course to learn how to deal with your stress. You can simply pick up your crayons and create something lovely and feel the stress be washed away.
The Thought Process
A large part of what stresses us is how we think. We are our own worst enemies and it can be very difficult to get off the loop of worry. Coloring allows us to take a break from the worry. We become focused on the act of coloring and give less energy to our worries. This has an overall calming effect. As you color away your worries your stress levels readjust.
You are distracting yourself from problems or concerns so that your body can readjust the stress hormones that are being released when you are focused on your problems or concerns. It is a tried and true tactic in reducing stress.
Replacement Chemicals are released
Our bodies are a bundle of chemical reactions. Once you are in your coloring zone and happy childhood memories start to flood your brain, your brain will react by replacing those stress hormones with the hormones that are attributed with making you feel happy or at peace. Coloring is usually a very enjoyable memory for most adults and your brain will mimic that experience for you to the fullest.
Your brain keeps a full store of the emotions that you experience with each event in your life. Even when you forget your brain does not. Your brain will release those calming feel good chemicals to mimic the way you felt as a child.
Your Hands are Busy
The eye hand coordination that it takes to color is like exercise for your brain. Your hands are kept busy so you do not make those clenching motions with your hands that people are known to make when they are stressed. It keeps your hands busy so you cannot tighten them up in response to stress which keeps your entire upper torso more fluid.
Have you tried coloring to combat depression and anxiety? Please share your experience in the comments below.