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The Health Benefits of Coloring

Did you know coloring has health benefits?

  1. Reduce Stress & Anxiety
  2. Improve Motor Skills & Vision
  3. Improve Sleep
  4. Improve Focus

Reduce Stress & Anxiety

Coloring can be a therapeutic act that can help relax the amygdala in your brain, which is in charge of your emotional responses, including fear and anxiety. It induces the same state as a meditation by turning off your brain to slow down your restless thoughts by alleviating stress and your nervous jitters.

Improve Motor Skills & Vision

Coloring requires the two hemispheres of your brain to communicate, helping to improve your motor skills and vision. Besides being a relaxing activity, logic helps us generate a creative thought process. When you have to think about balance, color choices, and the act of applying to pen to paper trains our brains to work on problem-solving, strengthening our motor skills.

Additionally, coloring like brain games such as crossword puzzles is said to delay or prevent onset dementia in older folks. Just like physical exercise, your brain needs to work out too to strengthen the mind.

Improve Sleep

There are other ways to improve your sleep besides taking some melatonin or playing on your phone before bed. Did you know exposure to the emitted light on your phone screen reduces your levels of the sleep hormone, melatonin? Instead, try coloring. It is a relaxing and electronic-free bedtime ritual that won’t disturb your level of melatonin.

Improve Focus

Coloring requires you to focus, but not so much that it’s stressful. It opens up your frontal lobe, which controls organizing and problem-solving, and allows you to put everything else aside and live in the moment, generating focus. Are you reaching for your colors yet? You don’t have to be an expert artist to color! It’s a great way to uplift your spirits and relax the mind. Get your FREE printable coloring sheets below. All you have to do is sign up with your email, and the download link will open up for you.

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Yocelyn Riojas
Latinx artist, designer, and illustrator.

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