Coloring is one of my favorite ways to relieve stress. It helps you relax and it can be a fantastic form of mental therapy for those who need it. As long as you have the right tools, such as colored pencils and a large stack of paper, you can make this activity more enjoyable and less difficult at the same time. All you need to do is find a comfortable spot, put on some soothing music, and start coloring! In this post, we will discuss how coloring can relieve stress as well as 10 tips to help you start coloring right away.
How does coloring reduce stress?
If you’re someone who has a hard time unwinding and relaxing, coloring might be just what you need. Many people find that putting their total focus on drawing or coloring makes them feel better and more at ease. It doesn’t matter if your pictures come out looking like they were drawn by a child because you’re not trying to show off your artistic skills. You’re simply trying to escape from the stress of everyday life and that’s a good thing!
Coloring can help you maintain your focus for hours at a time, which is something that people who have Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD/ADHD) might find difficult to do. It also helps you control your breathing as well as your mind and makes you focus on what you’re doing at the moment rather than letting your thoughts wander.
Now that you understand a few of my favorite reasons for coloring, let’s move on to a few of my favorite tips to get your creative juices flowing!
Tips to Start Coloring Right Away
Find an area free from distractions
Find an area in your home that’s free from distractions so you can get to work coloring. This will help you stay more focused and less likely to fall distracted while you’re working on some art so relax!
Now this may be more difficult for those of us with children, but believe me, you will find that coloring in an area free from distractions will allow you to enjoy this activity all the more.
Choose the right colors
If you want to feel energized go with bright colors! Pick those colors that you think will help you lift up your mood and make art. Put on some music that makes you feel good as well!
Start coloring! Draw nice pictures and make something beautiful. Take a break from staring at a computer screen all day long and start creating with your hands instead.
Try different mediums
Different mediums transform your art, and it can be a whole new experience! It’s another way to make your coloring stand out and look more unique. Try some colored pencils instead of markers or watercolor paints the next time you color and see how it changes your work!
Get some inspiration from Pinterest
Add a little color to your Pinterest boards by searching for inspiration online! You never know when you’ll find that perfect coloring page that will really give you a boost in time.
Find friends who like to color
Make it easy on yourself and find some friends who also enjoy coloring. You can make a fun date or a weekly get-together to color together. It’s a great way to make new friends and learn about them while you’re relaxing!
Draw your real-life pets!
Life is better with the little companions around you, and they make great subjects for coloring too! Try drawing your cat, dog, or even goldfish next time you sit down to color.
Use your bucket list
Coloring is a great way to check off things on your bucket list! For example, you can draw pictures of the places you’d like to travel to or what life would be without that mole on your left arm. Try it out and see how satisfying coloring that object/place/thing can be during your free time!
Make a list
Another way to make your relaxing and de-stressing experience even more fulfilling is by making a list of all the things you’ve always wanted to color. It could be anything from a picture of a flower or your favorite movie. You can even make it into a coloring book and give it to all the friends you know who love getting their hands dirty with crayons!
Frame and Hang
Making art is about expressing yourself, so go ahead and frame your finished drawing and hang it on the wall! It’ll be a great decoration that you made yourself. Plus, after all that time spent coloring, looking at your masterpiece is sure to keep you smiling for a while longer.
Coloring is a wonderful way to unwind and de-stress. The process of coloring can be therapeutic for those who need it, as well as being fun for all ages! All you have to do is find the time, place, tools (colored pencils), music, and inspiration. We hope these tips will help make your next coloring experience more fulfilling. If you’d like some suggestions on what colors or pictures to color feel free to leave a few comments I would love to hear from you!