In a world that is increasingly becoming faster and meticulous, our personal creativity has somehow taken a backseat. We are constantly clogged by stressful thoughts, in and out of our control, and creative outlets like art, coloring, music and dance become a memory of school curriculum only.
Keeping with tight schedule we find ourselves in, our mediums of cathartic imagination are becoming obturate. In order to reinvent the inner landscape of creativity, I went where we all go in times of our need: our virtual mother, Google Mata. Surfing on a virtual board, I stumbled upon a trend that is raging in the West: Adult coloring books, with pre-designs mandals beautifully woven. It brought back nostalgic memories of a childhood where our tiny hands held crayons too big for us, and calling it a well-designed plan if colors spewed out of the borders of black outline. Once a childhood activity handed over to encourage and establish creative and cognitive skills, is increasingly becoming as a trend to unravel daily stress that overburned us. The activity invited my interest more because it was time-efficient and so I began my journey in it.
How It Started
Rather than sinking a hole in my purse by buying Adult Coloring Books, I went to Google and printed few pre-designed doodles which appealed to my taste. There are varieties of books available online ranging themes from nature to beloved Harry Potter. Since I wanted to try and see if this benefited me, I choose to be frugal and instead invested in good coloring pens. Everyday I filled the colors little by little, taking half hour out from my schedule of deadlines. I observed how I could feel calmer, less stressed, and more clear in head by the end of this activity. My fingers used to be tired but my heart used to be content with revisiting a childhood pleasure of art. A simple activity as filling colors in shape made me feel slowly in touch with my creative side. Turns out, science backs up the improvements I was feeling overall.
Don’t Cha Wish Ya Hobby Was Scientific Like Me
Psychologists, researchers and art therapists have discussed and studied the effectiveness of coloring books in reducing anxiety, improving mindfulness and creating refined focus at task in hand. During coloring, one is so consumed by the process that stressful thoughts do not alter their attention and concentration. It is like an hour spa for brain. In an article posted in The Huffington Post, Martinez Ayala, a psychologist, talked about how brain reacts to this activity, “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. 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.”
On the other hand of such a simple and creative activity lies immeasurable number of benefits. So what are you waiting for? Let your inner child burst out!