September 14th National Coloring Day
Time to grab your colored pencils, crayons, or markers of choice because it’s National Coloring Day! Find yourself an adult coloring book or print out an image to be filled in. Coloring is not just for kids, in fact there are several notable benefits that come along with this relaxing activity.
- Stress Relief: Coloring is a great way to re-focus your mind and de-stress. If you’re in pain, anxious, or just need to relax, you can find enjoyment in this activity. Coloring requires focus and concentration, which in turn promotes mindfulness. This will help lower your stress level and can help lower your blood pressure and heart rate. In addition, coloring to de-stress can be beneficial to those suffering from dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. It provides them with an easy activity that they may have done in their childhood and that they will enjoy.
- Self-Expression: Show off your inner artist and express yourself through coloring. Coloring is a way to express thoughts and feelings without having to use words. This can be beneficial to individuals recovering from a stroke, those with memory issues, or other conditions such as Parkinson’s.
- Coordination and Muscle Control: As we age, we have more difficulty with fine motor skills and coordination. Coloring can help exercise the small muslces in our hands, provide us with better hand-eye coordination, and contribute to greater dexterity to overall improve our fine motor movements.
- Social Opportunities: Coloring is enjoyable on your own, but even better with a friend or loved one. It will provide you with opportunities to reminisce and enjoy the company of others.
- Accomplishment: Finishing a coloring page can provide you with a sense of accomplishment. Seeing your completed work of art that you have diligently been working on provides you with a sense of joy and pride. You can even put it in a frame and show it off to visitors that stop by.
At EdenHill on Thursdays, a group gets together for “Coloring and Conversation” at 3:15PM in the Library. Next time you’re looking for an activity, make sure you give coloring a try — maybe even with a friend!
Print out the image below for your next coloring session!