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Coloring Inside the Lines

Janet Schwab Aug 23, 2016

I colored calmly, my colored pencil going back and forth and somewhat out of the lines. My granddaughter said to me, “Nana, you’re coloring outside the lines.” I replied, “It’s ok, I’m just coloring to relax.” She said, “Well going out of the lines would never be allowed in MY class!” She was in kindergarten.

Owning a business is stressful.  So besides massage, I have found another way to relive my stress – adult coloring books.  Why? I like that the only thing I have to think about is what color I’m going to use next.  Should I color all the items the same or create a pattern – maybe go all out and be random!

So why the craze? Stress is a part of everyday life. The good stress motivates us, bad stress effects our health and well-being. I consider coloring therapeutic. From what I’ve read, it’s been found that coloring is a calming tool, a means of relaxation and it helps relieve stress, it’s like meditation. It helps with anxiety, stress, and depressive. When adults color, it removes the focus from negative thoughts and it helps focus on something different. Coloring gives the body something to do while the brain listens and relieves the stress of trying to pay attention.

 Most of all, adult coloring presents a creative venture without the need for artistic flair. But just a warning- make sure you have a sharpener to keep your coloring inside the lines, or maybe not!

Janet Schwab

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