1. Creativity – Pick your own colors, your own styles, and let your brain do the rest on autopilot. It’s one of the few tasks that uses both hemispheres of the brain at the same time, allowing for better creative ideas to flow (Martinez, 2015). Still trying to figure out the answer to that decision you can’t make? Try a coloring page to help.
2. Chance to Take a Breather – While your hands and brain are busy doing the mind-numbing coloring with your cerebral cortex, you’re actually distracting your amygdala, or your fear sensor (Chen, n.d.). This gives you a chance to do all of the above, meditate, relax, relieve some of that pent-up stress. Forgive Martha for what she said, or maybe not, your clear mind tells you it’s still her fault.
3. Healthy – Yes, all of the above leads to your health! Whether you’re 16 going on 17 or 76 going on 17, a little anti-stress session can go a long way to reducing high blood pressure, lowering anxiety, even allowing for better sleep (Chen, n.d.)! We’re not saying that using a coloring page is a substitute for the gym, you still have to go, but it could be just the thing to get into the right mind-frame for it.
4. Easily Accessible – How many things can be helpful, healthful, fun, and easy to move? We’re sure you could name a couple, but hey, let’s stick to the topic. All you need is a coloring page or book and something to color with. We’re also sure you could even dig out some coloring pencils from an old stash or borrow a few from the kiddies, we won’t tell. And you can get coloring pages from anywhere online or even a book from the gas station. Sounds easy enough to us.
5. Anyone Can Do It – Perhaps best of all is that anyone can color. So what if the pencils go a little out of the lines? So what if purple and red clash horribly next to each other? It’s your coloring page, your decision. A chance to try something new, do whatever you want without getting judged for it. The only thing stopping you from letting go is you. Go for it!
If this sounds like something you’d like to try, the Millstadt Library is just the place.
If you ever wanted an excuse to breakout your crayons again, we’re about to give you one.
Every third Thursday of the month, from 5 – 7 p.m. the Millstadt Library will be holding an Adult Coloring Night. Ages teen and up are invited to flex their creative coloring muscles and take some time out of their day to do something well, mindless. We’ll provide the pages and the coloring materials. You’re welcome to bring your own supplies as well.
Join us to read a little, relax a bit, and recolor your life.
Our first date is March 22nd.
We can’t wait to see you there!
– Millstadt Library
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