Coloring is quite a hot, new trend today for adults who want to find some stress relief and outlet for their creativity and to get back to an earlier place. Nearly half of the top twenty books sold today are adult coloring books.
Many psychologists recommend coloring for its stress relieving qualities. One of the earliest was Carl Jung who recommended that his patients color to help them focus. Stress relief is one of the chief reasons cited as a benefit of coloring. When you color, you are focused on the project and not on your problems. Stimulated centers of the brain associated with creativity. Today, the practice continues to be recommended by psychologists and art therapists, alike.
Dr Ben Michaelis, a psychologist, who writes for the Huffington Post, feels that coloring is the next best thing to meditation and leads to a meditative state due to its repetitive actions. He touts its benefits to destress and letting you zone out. He has written a number of interesting articles on the benefits of coloring. Several have been featured on his website in the article: 7 Reasons Adult Coloring Books Will Make Your Life A Whole Lot Brighter
Adults Combat Stress Through Coloring is a video that features some the things he has to say about the benefits of coloring as well as those of a coloring book artist, who reveals why she both colors and creates coloring books.
My own daughter-in-law is a therapist trained in Art Therapy. She frequently uses coloring pages in her work and for her own personal enjoyment.