(Day 4) Therapeutic Coloring to De-stress

Before we dive in, you need to know there is more to coloring than what meets the eye.

Science demonstrates there are definite benefits to therapeutic coloring, not just because of recent trends but over the course of decades and historical correlations to coloring, they’ve seen proven evidence of its positive uses in societies worldwide.

Wow! How cool is that–you can sit and doodle while de-stressing at the same time!

This activity is not only fun for me but with the research behind it demonstrating astounding therapeutic benefits through the simple mechanism of coloring, it becomes a no-brainer implementing this fun activity into my life.

A study cited in MedicalDaily.com said art therapy, or the use of therapeutic coloring, in cancer patients reduced physical and emotional distress during the treatment. Although it won’t cure cancer, it can definitely help with the side effects and toils it brings on an individual’s mind and body during this illness. Not only has it helped cancer patients, but the study goes further into explaining how its helped people strugging with depression, PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), dementia, and… guess what? Anxiety!

Scientists have even studied brainwaves of how the brain interacts with therapeutic coloring. Dr. Stan Rodski, a nuerologist, explains how coloring produces a relaxed mindset by switching our brains off temporarily from the stressful thoughts to focus on the moment. Heart rates slow, brain waves change—all in response to repetitive uses of coloring.

This statistic gets me super excited! As I mentioned earlier in my first post about how we need to find ways to turn off the stress mechanism that feels permanently ON for those of us who struggle with chronic anxiety. We MUST spend time doing things to turn off our anxiety, even for a brief moment during the day, so we don’t get burnt out and crash even harder because we don’t stop for a few minutes to do something about this constant stress.

I’ve heard from others though that some of those detailed coloring books make you feel MORE stressed and overwhelmed just looking at those crazy patterns and designs. I GET IT!

But guess what? Apparently not all coloring books invoke a sense of calm.

There’s new research being done on how our brains and bodies react to certain types of patterns and designs… some invoke relaxing mechanisms, whereas other designs stir up the mind. Personally, I find repetitive patterns and coloring books WITHOUT overly intricate and detailed designs to be the MOST soothing to my present nerve-wracking state. Now there’s science which suggests this to be true as well! So be aware, not all coloring books may invoke a more restful, calm state of mind, whereas other books or coloring activities are more specifically geared toward calming the mind.


With that said, I’m super excited to provide you with a FREE coloring page I had my friend and Illustrator create which I’ve found is extremely relaxing as it uses repetitious patterns and calming words to soak your frazzled nerves into. To access it, sign-up for my email newsletter list on my homepage and click the link afterwards to download your FREE page! I promise I’m not going to spam you. I only send out 1 email per week (if that!) for updates and behind-the-scenes info which most people find fun! I also tend to share more personal things to my subscriber’s list than on a public blog post because, well, it feels a bit safer to do so. You become basically a part of my “bff” list. Because YOU ARE MY PEOPLE! {Those that are already subscribers, I will be sending this free coloring page to you in the next e-newsletter Friday so no worries! I got you covered!}

So with all that jargon, I encourage you to sign up and I will provide you that FREE coloring page which will help you jump start into reducing stress and anxiety in your life right now. Because life is far too precious to be in a constant state of panic all the time.

Tomorrow and for the next several days of this series, I will be going even deeper, bringing in scriptural-related truths and stories unpacking the deeper rooted fears in detail that we all struggle with related to anxiety, and help you understand what God’s Word has to say about that.

{Also, if you tend to like videos over reading, I have a large chunk of videos coming up in this series! Bigger topics which I felt needed a face-to-face video coverage to unpack all the good stuff in clearer detail.}

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