Whether you stay in the lines or wander out, coloring is a wonderful way to bring focus and calm to your life.
Give it a try:
Pick up an inexpensive coloring book and indulge yourself in a pack of colored pencils or crayons. Remember how you used to covet the 64-pack with every color in the rainbow and then some?
Block out a bit of time and treat yourself to one of childhood’s simplest pleasures. Notice as tension slips away.
Storybook characters and baby animals not to your liking? Coloring books geared for the more sophisticated palette have gone mainstream. Bookstores are now carrying beautiful coloring books with intricate designs. Why not indulge your inner artist?
In olden times, say back in your grandmother’s day, there was a wise old saying that went like this – “Idle hands are the devil’s workshop.” It was a cautionary tail about idleness leading to mischief. Maybe, maybe not. But if you think of the devil as the personification of anxiety the saying definitely gains cred.
Busying your hands – whether it’s knitting, crocheting, making paper cranes, cooking, etc. – at an activity that also engages your mind, has been shown to reduce the grip of anxiety. Making “art” is akin to meditation in its positive effects on the brain and on mood.
So break out the yarn and knitting needles, dive into those craft supplies and make some art! You’ve got nothing to lose – with the exception of, just possibly, your anxiety.