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This Child-Like Activity Melts Stress and Increases Focus

coloring book page for adults - flower paisley designIf you need a way to relax and focus,  you should take up coloring.

After finding commercial success back in 2012, adults and therapists alike are taking a vested interest in the beneficial effects coloring has on the human psyche.

Art therapy is nothing new, having been around since the 1940s. It’s a method of therapy where patients are encouraged to pursue an artistic form as a way to develop their social skills, manage their behavior, better understand their emotions and otherwise foster a stronger amount of self-awareness.

While coloring is only a type of art therapy and not the full-blown process, it is nonetheless proving to be a great escape for modern adults. Already researchers are finding it to aid in the reduction of anxiety and increase of focus.

In addition, it works as a type of meditation, allowing individuals to turn off their barrage of thoughts to focus on the now. Filling in lines is also comforting for those that are otherwise intimidated by blank canvases.

To get started, simply print out any one of a number of designs posted online or purchase a specially designed adult coloring book with mandalas. As for utensils, color pencils are the best as they allow for both precision and increased creative output potential through shading.

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This Child-Like Activity Melts Stress and Increases Focus

Mike Bundrant

Mike Bundrant is the author of Your Achilles Eel: Discover and Overcome the Hidden Cause of Negative Emotions, Bad Decisions and Self-Sabotage and co-founder at The iNLP Center which offers online certification in Neuro-Linguistic Programming and life coaching.

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Bundrant, M. (2019). This Child-Like Activity Melts Stress and Increases Focus. Psych Central. Retrieved on July 9, 2020, from


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