9. Coloring boosts mindfulness. With a 24-hour news cycle, it’s easy to get lost in
negativity and feelings of hopelessness. When coloring, your mind hones in on the details of the page and blocks out the world. Without realizing it, you are often practicing mindfulness while coloring. You reclaim control of your mind and can help move your thoughts toward positivity.
10. Coloring is nostalgic. Drawing in coloring books is a form of nostalgia. It takes us back to childhood. “When we experience nostalgia,” psychology professor Erica Hepper, Ph.D says, “we tend to feel happier, have higher self-esteem, and feel closer to loved ones.” Hepper, a lecturer at the University of Surrey in England, also says “nostalgia gives you a psychological boost.”
Whether you’re looking to wind down, tune in, connect with loved ones, or reflect on good times, coloring for both adults and children offers a multitude of ways to feel grounded during these uncertain times. So, what’s your next coloring project?