Skip Navigation

Rock Creek Blog

An illustrious past meets an exceptional future.
Together we are committed to creating meaningful lives of purposeful engagement for every resident as well as those who serve them.

Ingleside at Rock Creek Blog

IRC Blog
Posted: Monday, June 20, 2016

Coloring can make you feel like a kid again!

Studies show coloring produces a similar effect to meditation on the brain. It promotes mindfulness and quietness of the brain that some people find difficult to achieve with meditation alone. Coloring mandalas or other symmetrical patterns helps achieve mindfulness and even reach a meditative state. As little as 5 minutes of coloring before bedtime may even help you sleep better. 

While coloring doesn’t provide mental health benefits to the same degree as creating art, it may help relieve both stress and boredom, aid relaxation, boost creativity and improve attention span. 

One study published in the American Journal of Applied Psychology found that coloring for 20 minutes significantly improved the subjects’ moods and reduced anxiety, depression and tension. Coloring is also being explored as a way to ease people suffering from post-traumatic stress syndrome into art therapy. 

Dr. Nikki Martinez, a mental health counselor and life coach, says she often “prescribes” adult coloring books to patients and has even used them herself. 

“When I was laid up in bed for eight weeks after major surgery, I devoured adult coloring books,” she says. “When I need to shift my focus or practice my own stress reduction, I break these books out.”

Activities like coloring can calm down the amygdala, the part of the brain that controls the fight-or-flight response. Coloring detailed designs also stimulates the parts of the brain that enhance concentration and helps with problem-solving and organizational skills as you focus on creating complex color schemes and make your picture aesthetically pleasing. It improves fine motor skills as you tackle increasingly complex designs. 

Coloring is increasingly popular as a group activity, and it’s fun to do with kids or grandkids. 

If you’d like to explore coloring, you can choose from a variety of coloring books both online and in bookstores. There are books devoted to mandalas, flowers and intricate geometric shapes, and books that include blank sports in the pictures to encourage you to add your own elements. Coloring books top Amazon.com’s best-seller list, and you can find them for as little as $6.00. All you need is a design and a set of colored pencils or markers. Why not give it a try?



Ingleside at Rock Creek: Engaged Living

 

video

 





Contact us to learn more about Ingleside at Rock Creek

 

 

Gardenside Video Gallery newsletter

 

 

Blog Pet Friendly Pet Friendly
Resident Website | Career Opportunities | Privacy and Legal | Accessibility Statement  | Cookie Policy

3050 Military Road NW, Washington, DC 20015
Main Number: (202) 363-8310 Sales & Marketing: (202) 407-9672 Human Resources: (202) 596-3090



Follow us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter Follows us on YouTube