Coloring, the simple gesture of illuminating a bare surface, has something more than a simple creative purpose. It is a liberating exercise, of connection with our inner self …
It is very likely that you associate the exercise of coloring with childhood. The smell of pencils and those drawings ready to come to life are undoubtedly a past that is dear to many of us.
However, you will be interested to know that, in recent years, this ancient art has turned into something more than a simple task dedicated exclusively to the little ones.
Coloring is a therapeutic and rehabilitation exercise for different types of ailments and diseases.
And not only! In fact, outside the clinical field, the importance that this fashion is acquiring has led to the publication of magnificent coloring books dedicated to the adult public.
The purpose? They call it anti-stress art, although it actually goes way beyond that.
Coloring guides the mind through universes full of fantasy, of magical simplicity, in which it is possible to get away from everyday problems and enjoy an act as simple as coloring a series of complex drawings.
Nowadays, young authors like Johanna Basford represent a very popular trend.
Two of his books, The Secret Garden and The Enchanted Forest , are an example of an editorial success that has captivated millions of adults with this art, both therapeutic and liberating.
Coloring: a therapy with infinite clinical benefits
While it is true that the recent success of this type of book is mainly aimed at an adult audience who wants to enjoy the simple art of drawing and painting, coloring has long been of great importance in the field of cognitive rehabilitation.
– Patients suffering from different types of dementia or neurological diseases can benefit from this type of exercises that improve psychomotor coordination or spatial orientation.
– It is a simple exercise that helps the person to enter a state of inner tranquility thanks to which to develop basic cognitive processes such as concentration on a task, creativity and motivation.
– Establishes an inner connection, in which the mind stops for a moment and puts the external environment in second place, remaining suspended in a personal dimension in which to harmonize sensations through colors and get relief from anxiety or stress.
– Children with different types of needs and disorders can, for example, benefit from coloring mandalas, a task now widely used at the psycho-pedagogical level.
Coloring is a silent exercise with which to exercise an internal poetry through multiple emotions, and the world seems to be more harmonious in a moment. Everyone can benefit from this activity.
Coloring: a simple act of daily liberation
Why not? According to faithful followers of this art, it is as relaxing as it is enjoyable.
The fact of turning a page devoid of colors, but which invites us to immerse ourselves in complex worlds made of fantasy, is in itself something exciting.
There are those who prefer markers, others choose colored pencils or wax crayons. Regardless of preferences, everyone’s opinion is unanimous: it is a type of art that manages stress in a very elementary way, because it offers all the dimensions listed below.
– With the act of coloring, we activate both cerebral hemispheres, we coordinate imagination and logic, precision and inventiveness, concentration and inner liberation.
– It is not necessary to color to get rid of stress. This means that those who buy these books are not necessarily the victims of a life marked by pressure and anxiety. Absolutely not!
Most choose them for their aesthetic beauty and because coloring awakens that artistic and creative side that we all have.
– Each of us has our own anxieties and immerses himself in these drawings out of curiosity or because he is passionate about art. Despite this, everyone agrees on the “relaxing” benefits of coloring.
Coloring “cures” many other aspects. It can unlock many internal emotions because it guides us along a precise path through colors. It forces us to choose a certain shade that, in one way or another, reflects our mood.
Sometimes, when different types of more guided therapy fail, exercises such as coloring allow the patient to enjoy a brief moment of independence and solitude.
That connection that is established with our inner self can prove to be a very cathartic activity.
It is curious to know that Carl Gustav Jung had a great passion for coloring mandalas. He said that circular images carry out a healing process for the soul and that is why they are considered magical.
It is for this reason that most of these books on the market today always include fascinating representations where circular shapes are never missing. These are implicit mandalas.
When we draw or paint, we exercise the mind. First of all, we seek information, internalize the drawing itself, and then choose colors based on personal preferences.
And, as we do it, we meditate, organize our ideas and get rid of tension… Is there anything better?
Images courtesy of Johanna Basford