For many of us, coloring was a childhood hobby that we would frequently engage ourselves in. However, in late 2015, coloring breached a new demographic. It’s now adults who are favoring the therapeutic trend of coloring, opposed to the younger generation. While many people color to pass the time, some do it for the therapeutic side. It is now common to see coloring books flying off the shelves.
Researchers have discovered that Art therapy helps those who are dealing with disorders. These disorders include depression, dementia, anxiety and post traumatic stress disorder. Art therapy also uses an art medium to help address a patient’s specific problem. However, as many of us realize, some individuals are naturals when it comes to being artistically gifted, compared to others who find being artistic a little more troublesome.
If you are someone who considers yourself a bad artist, you may just be missing out on the benefits of art-based therapies. Coloring gives adults the opportunity to express themselves without needing any artistic flair. Simply coloring within the lines is enough to get the desired effect from art therapy, but experts have suggested that it’s this lack of artistic input that prevents adult coloring from being considered a legitimate form of art therapy.
As the seasons are changing and we welcome fall, it’s the perfect excuse to stay inside and color, while sipping on a pumpkin spice latte and getting festive. If you’re a procrastinator, adult coloring is the perfect excuse to keep yourself occupied.