May 22, 2018

Stark County Coloring Day!

On May 22, bust stress, reduce stigma and think outside the lines about your mental health! Download the Stark County Coloring Day page and take it with you to your workplace, school or home. When you feel stress levels rising, take a break for some coloring. Share your art with us on Facebook with the hashtag #StarkColoringDay.

You can also host a coloring party and color with friends at home or colleagues at work! Click below to find more resources on coloring and how it can help reduce stress! Special thanks to the Stark County District Library and About magazine for their support of Stark County Coloring Day!

What does adult coloring do to relax people?

According to clinical psychologist Scott M. Bea, Psy.D. in an article written for ClevelandClinic.org, coloring has everything to do with refocusing our attention. “Adult coloring requires modest attention focused outside of self-awareness. It is a simple activity that takes us outside ourselves. In the same way, cutting the lawn, knitting or taking a Sunday drive can all be relaxing.”

  1. Attention flows away from ourselves. A simple act, such as coloring, takes your attention away from yourself and onto the present-moment event. “In this way, it is very much like a meditative exercise,” Dr. Bea says.
  2. It relaxes the brain. When thoughts are focused on a simple activity, your brain tends to relax. “We are not disturbed by our own thoughts and appraisals,” he says. “The difficulties of life evaporate from our awareness, and both our bodies and our brains may find this rewarding.”
  3. Low stakes make it pleasurable. The fact that the outcome of coloring is predictable also can be relaxing. “It is hard to screw up coloring, and, even if you do, there is no real consequence. As result, adult coloring can be a wonderful lark, rather than an arduous test of our capacities,” he adds.
Source: https://health.clevelandclinic.org/3-reasons-adult-coloring-can-actually-relax-brain/, accessed March 8, 2018

 


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