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Coloring reduces stress

02/25/2022


At the height that I experienced the most stress in my life, I began coloring and since then there have been reports that coloring reduces stress. What might have once seemed like a leisure activity for elementary school-aged children has now become one of the hottest trends in terms of stress reduction?

Here are some ways that coloring can help reduce stress in your life.

1. Mindfulness

If you’ve looked into cures for stress, you’ve likely read about or practiced meditation. In a mindfulness meditation practice, you work to alleviate stress by sitting in quiet solitude, observing your breath. By focusing on your breath, you can reduce the power of thoughts. Similarly, coloring gives you something to focus clearly on. As you bring the colored pencil across the page, you can feel like there is nothing else in the world that matters at this moment. You might be aware of your concerns outside of this practice, but you can put them on hold. Instead, your focus can be on the moment and your process.

2. Concentration

You can’t color mindlessly. If you’re trying to color while watching TV or talking on the phone, you’re not going to be able to focus on it and your work will suffer. In order to get the most out of your coloring book, you need to get rid of distractions. Put your phone on silent and turn off the TV. Set a timer for about 20 minutes and just color. Focus on the page (or pages) you’re working with and just notice the sensations. Pay attention to the color of the colored pencils and how they feel on the paper. When the timer ends, you might feel motivated to keep going. If you do, listen to it. This shows that you’ve gotten in the zone. You might soon find that coloring is your go-to method when it comes to reducing stress.

3. Creativity

Many people find that their creative endeavors help them feel less stressed. After a long day, some people like to pick up their instruments or write some poetry. You can make coloring a form of expression. It doesn’t matter that you didn’t create the images you’re coloring. The additions you’re making via the coloring can make for an incredible display of creativity.

Before coloring, evaluate your mood and how you would like to reflect that mood on the page. You might be feeling tense and want to use calming colors like light blue or gray. You might also be feeling angry and want to use aggressive colors like red to get your rage out. Additionally, you might not be sure how you’re feeling and use an assortment of colors.


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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!

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