How Coloring Reduces Stress

How Coloring Reduces Stress

In the brain, we have what is called the fear center or 

the amygdala. This is the part of the brain that sends stress signals. Scientists have even said that stress can generate electricity and let's face it, some of us can power an entire house if that was the case. 

The adult coloring book trend has trended nationwide and with all the hype, it is time to pull out those colored pencils, crayons, and markers. Also, in the My Planner Box™ personal planner, there are coloring pages directly in the agenda! (More info here: https://myplannerbox.myshopify.com/)

Reduce Stress

Coloring has the ability to relax the fear center of your brain by inducing the same state as meditating and reduces the thoughts of a restless mind.

Improve Motor Skills and Vision

Coloring requires the two hemispheres of the brain to communicate. While the logic side of our brain helps us stay inside the lines, choosing the colors and design channels the creative side of our brain.

Improve Sleep

We all know that engaging with electronics can affect your sleep because the emitted light reduces your sleep hormone level, melatonin. Coloring is a great replacement for spending that time on your phone or electronics because it is relaxing and won't disturb your melatonin levels.

Improve Focus

Coloring requires you to focus, but not to the point where it is stressful. It actually opens up your frontal lobe, which is the part of your brain that helps with organization and problem solving. This also allows you to put everything else aside and live in the moment, generating focus.

You don't have to be the next Leonardo da Vinci to color! If you are looking for a new way to unwind after a long stressful day, coloring will do the trick. Pick the design you like and be creative.

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