Want to get happier? Reduce your stress and get into ‘flow’.
When I was a kid, we had DoodleArt. Great big posters that I spent as much time colouring as playing Kick-the-Can. (Dating myself big-time.)
It’s why we LOVE colouring books. Coloring is a stress-free activity that relaxes the amygdala — the fear center of the brain — and allows your mind to get the rest it needs. (And this one has a great title! And yes – we carry it :-))
When coloring, we activate different areas of our two cerebral hemispheres, says psychologist Gloria Martínez Ayala. “The action involves both logic, by which we color forms, and creativity, when mixing and matching colors. This incorporates the areas of the cerebral cortex involved in vision and fine motor skills [coordination necessary to make small, precise movements]. The relaxation that it provides lowers the activity of the amygdala, a basic part of our brain involved in controlling emotion that is affected by stress.”
In simplest terms, coloring has a de-stressing effect because when we focus on a particular activity, we focus on it and not on our worries. Sound familiar? Yup – it’s an amazing form of meditation. Colouring regularly has similar benefits as a meditation practice.
When we take school supplies to aid our the foundations we support, we take crayons and pencil crayons; not felt pens. Why? Because the plastic case becomes waste as soon as the felt pen has dried. When colouring – think about which tool you will use. Call me overly-enviro … I don’t mind 🙂
Our favourite colouring books… yup, you can get ’em at The Oracle.