You may think that coloring is a kid thing, but color therapy is beneficial to your health. It’s really a great way to reduce stress and anxiety levels. It’s also quite portable which I discovered when my son was hospitalized and I was holding vigil next to him in ICU and it was one of the few things that would distract me for a little while.
Mental stress is detrimental to your health, and it can lead to physical problems. If you have constant stress, then you can develop high blood pressure or digestive issues. Rather than using food or alcohol to relieve your stress after a difficult workday, keep an assortment of coloring pages and beautiful crayons ready at home.
If you feel depressed, then coloring therapy can lift your mood. When you are feeling sad, you can choose brightly colored crayons and coloring pages that have a positive or happy theme. Use crayon colors such as yellow, orange or red to stimulate the emotional center of your brain while you create artwork such as flowers. While coloring, concentrate on positive thoughts and say positive affirmations to yourself.
When you are worried about developing dementia, use adult coloring books and an assortment of crayons or color pencils to create gorgeous artwork. You can find adult coloring books and pages that will stimulate the synapses in your brain so that you won’t develop Alzheimer’s disease. It is easy to take coloring pages and crayons with you to other locations such as when you are visiting your grandchildren.
If you suffer from anxiety, then find adult coloring books that focus on mindfulness so that you can feel better. The best crayon colors to reduce anxiety include shades of blue or pale pink. These soothing colors can help you to feel calmer, and you will notice that your breathing becomes slower while your symptoms of digestive stress decline when you use an adult coloring book.
After using adult coloring pages for a few weeks, you may notice that you are more creative. In addition to coloring with crayons, you might want to write poetry, play the piano or paint on a canvas. When it has been many years since you enjoyed creating any type of art, coloring with crayons can stimulate the part of your brain that is creative.
I was born in Bad Homburg, Germany. Growing up in foster care I spend a lot of time alone creating art or writing stories. In 1992, when I became pregnant, I discovered crochet and emersed myself in the craft. I also immigrated to the US and throughout the years, I explored various mediums of art – such as macrame, cross-stitch, and painting - while raising my kids. In 2005, I wanted to create my own wood beads and discovered the wood-burner and fell in love with it. It’s at the same time I had the nudge to start my handmade business part-time with the intention to be full-time someday.
But life derailed for a little while, as I became a special needs parent, enrolled in online college twice, and am the proud owner of a B.S. in Accounting and an M.S. in Mental Health Counseling – which eventually led me to start my coaching + consulting business.
Throughout the years I kept coming back to three mediums: coloring, crochet, and wood-burning, and am now balancing two businesses! With most of the kids creating their own lives and only the youngest left, I get to create art and teach people how to make art, while also helping people with their goals. It’s having the cake and eating it too!
I live in Central Virginia with tons of inspiration out of my backyard, the blue ridge mountains, and the events I attend!