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Childhood Pastime

Childhood Pastime

by Holly Foreman - August 26, 2016

Do you ever think back to the activities you participated in as a child? Playing outside for hours on end, using your imagination in everything you did, or creating an art masterpiece?

As a child, coloring was one of my favorite activities. Especially on rainy days when I was stuck inside or on road trips to my sister’s soccer games. I would color in coloring books, on construction paper, or on anything else I could get my hands on.

But, as I grew up, I retired the coloring books for being an adult. Adults don’t color unless we are entertaining a small child… we are too busy!

Well, that is starting to change. Adults across the world are picking up coloring books as a way to relax and unwind. Adult coloring books exercise your fine motor skills and train your brain to focus on the task at hand.

Here are a few reasons you need to get your own adult coloring book:

  • Coloring is a way to practice mindfulness. You are able to focus on the task at hand – coloring – which removes the negative thoughts or stressors on your mind.
  • Coloring can be therapeutic and serve as a stress reliever.
  • Coloring uses parts of your brain to improve focus and concentration.
  • Coloring can boost mental clarity.
  • Coloring encourages you to practice problem solving skills as you complete the task.

Sometimes it is important for us to remember to slow down a bit and focus on the present moment. You might be thinking, ‘I’m too busy to color.’ Instead think about, ‘When is the last time I did something for the pure joy of doing it?’ Coloring is one example of just that, it has the ability to bring us back to a simpler time and allows us to relax for at least a few minutes.

I encourage you to just try it. Pick up the colored pencils, or crayons, and try this whole adult coloring thing.

Let’s channel a worry-free lifestyle, at least for a little bit, and color like a kid again. You never know, you might rediscover your inner-artist!

   

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