Coloring by numbers is often viewed as an activity suited for children. However, current versions of the hobby are enjoyed by people of all ages. There are books, smartphone apps, and the array of images seems infinite. Mandala filling is one of the latest facets of the craze. So, what could a grown-up gain from this activity?
There are many benefits found in coloring. Like sudoku puzzles, it is more than a time killer. Special smartphone apps like paint by number can boast over a million users. We may now conclude that adult coloring is an actual phenomenon of current life, which may even help people improve their mental health.
Fun for Everyone
To fill a pattern, especially when it is pixel-based, you need no artistic skills. The activity is therefore accessible for everyone, and it is almost impossible to fail. Completing a task brings a sense of achievement, albeit small, and make us feel better. This means instant gratification that humans so eagerly seek. Unlike bad habits or social media, however, this rush of dopamine can bring no harm.
To sum up, you do not have to be an artist. Even if you have never done coloring before, this is a task you are likely to complete successfully. It is a simple but engaging task, that never feels like a tedious test of one’s abilities.
Path to Mindfulness
Mindfulness implies the ability to live in the present while recognizing and accepting one’s thoughts, feelings, and physical sensations. You are not bothered by ruminations about the past or fears about the future. It is essential for dealing with stress effectively. What does coloring have to do with it, you may wonder.
Coloring activities drive our focus on a simple task while blocking external distractions. Just like knitting or mowing the lawn, it allows us to concentrate on what is right in front of us. This helps cope with anxiety and stress, giving as a much-needed break from the troubles of our hectic everyday existence.
It may, therefore, be suggested that coloring may have certain therapeutic effects on human psychology. The next time you feel anxious thoughts creeping in on you, take a coloring app and focus on filling in the patterns.
Wherever You Go
With so many formats available, the hobby can now be practiced while on the move. If you cannot find the time to sit down with a printer coloring book, download a smartphone application. A lot of us spend their commutes browsing social media on their phones. Why not replace it with something truly useful and relaxing?
Coloring is so much more than a way to kill time. When you are stuck in a traffic jam, or feel impatient while waiting at an airport, or standing in line, you will appreciate the calming effects of such a simple, yet relaxing, and beneficial task.