Adult coloring books, can you handle stress?

Since last year, coloring books for adults have become a trend. Image coloring activity As we do as a child, believed to be able to cope with a sense of stress.

Debra Dettore (52), a KINDERGARTEN teacher in Harrison, Ohio, claimed to experience anxiety over his work, which has an effect on raising blood pressure. He also got a warning from his doctor. But shortly, Dettore claimed to have managed to cope with his hard feelings. When asked for his secret, he replied to ‘ coloring the picture ‘.

“I did that to relax at night,” says Dettone. “I’m sitting for about an hour, and coloring cards, mandalas or others. It helped make me relax, so I could sleep and prepare for the next day, “he added.

In the promotion of coloring books, it is mentioned that this book helps adults reduce stress and express themselves. Coloring is proven to help achieve prudence, eliminate anxiety, even deal with trauma. Some books are even instantly regarded as ‘ art therapies ‘.

However, that doesn’t mean everyone can use it appropriately. It takes a certain method of treating the coloring book as a distraction from a sense of stress, so this method is not necessarily suitable for everyone.

Cathy Malchiodi, an art therapist, reveals to The Guardian about her adult coloring book, quoted Tuesday (17/11/2015), “Some are convinced that coloring books are the path to peace in mind, a new way of meditation, and some sort of Psychological Nirvana. I found most of the supporters coming from the creators of the coloring book itself. “

However, according to Malchiodi, he considers the trend to disappoint. “This year, there are some supportive research on why people need to follow creative activities, which does not include the activities of coloring other people’s designs,” he said, citing studies from the Mayo Clinic which was released in the spring of 2015.

“The activity includes the creation of homemade artwork. That activity could help people’s mental and physical health, “he said.

In other words, coloring may not necessarily be a method of meditation or therapy.

According to Shannon Bennett, assistant professor of psychology at the New York Psychiatry’s Weill Cornell Medical College, coloring is not something suitable for her.

Donna Betts, Chairman of the Board of the American Art Therapy Association and assistant lecturer at George Washington University, agreed to it. He added that he did not use coloring books in therapeutic sessions, and did not promote them. He thinks there is a difference between coloring and creating real work.

“It’s like the difference between listening to music and learning to play musical instruments,” he said. “Listening to music is an easy thing, everyone can do it, but coverflow requires special skills to be learned,” he explains.

Drena Fagen, an additional art therapist and instructor at Steinhardt School, New York University, has a more positive view, and its use in therapeutic sessions. However, he still reveals the difference between coloring books and therapies.

“I don’t consider coloring books as art therapy. I think it is therapeutic (soothing), both are not the same thing, “he said.

According to Fagen, an activity can have an effect or a mind, it can also not, depending on the person’s approach.

“Whatever creative business can help you find something about themselves–finding a place that makes them safe and comfortable, or giving them a chance with their minds, I think it doesn’t need to be criticized, because it doesn’t hurt.”

Bennett agrees with Fagen, saying that although there is no specific research support for coloring as a treatment, coloring can be a part of a larger plan to handle uncomfortable feelings. People who like coloring can consider it a casual activity, relieve stress, or all of it.

Paula Meng (52) from St. Petersburg, Florida, explains that coloring for a few hours per day can relieve depression, anxiety, and backache that he experiences.

“It helps me,” he said. “Your mind is free from anything while doing the activity,” he says.

“If you ask people who are coloring, they will tell that the activity is therapeutic,” says search Schofield (38), from Stockbridge, Georgia. Schofield began to pursue coloring for three months.

He was troubled by critics who thought that coloring did not spark creativity. He is an epileptic, and states that even he likes to draw and paint. “However my epilepsy already exists on the level when whenever I try to focus, my hands will be jerked, ” he explains.

Because of the coloring too, he returned to art activities. He uses books from Johanna Basford, who have empty dots where the author encourages people to add their own elements to the coloring pages.

“I just made a picture of mushrooms with a little fairy picture in it. I needed time because of my hands are jerky, but the results were good. I’m proud of the results, “Schofield said. (Ikr/Rcy) *