Is Coloring Really The Best Alternative to Meditation?

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It might just be me, but it seems like coloring books are taking over the world. But, it’s not the kind of coloring book you’re thinking of.

Yes, they’re similar to the ones you used to color over the lines in as a child.

But, now they’re for adults!

However, there could be a reason for their sudden rise to fame. Coloring has been said to allow us to tap into a similar state as meditation. Is it true?

You’ll have to keep reading to find out.

Can Coloring Relieve as Much Stress as Meditation?

Coloring provides a very low-stress and low-stakes good time. When was the last time you picked up the pencils to shade in some beautiful designs?

Plus, creating something is naturally relaxing. Coloring allows us to focus on something that doesn’t require a lot of conscious processing. We can simply zone out and zone into our creation.

Psychologist Antoni Martínez in an interview with the Huffington Post stated that “we can use it to enter into a more creative, freer state. I recommend it in a quiet environment, even with chill music. Let the color and the lines flow.”

The association between coloring and the days of easy childhood are also strong. It can bring a feeling of nostalgia and peace to our busy lives.

The History of Coloring and Mental Health

Coloring has been used as a form of treatment in psychology since the days of Carl Jung. He found it a great way to allow patients to bypass their conscious mind, through a reptivite and immersive task, and let their subconscious minds truly run free.

Only now are modern psychologists reawakening the practice and recommending it to patients who are currently overstressed.

If you’re looking for a way to bring peace to your life, while letting your creative side flourish, then give adult coloring books a try.

Below we offer our favorite coloring book recommendation, for those who don’t want to spend hours searching for the perfect lines to color in.

Our Favorite Mandala Coloring Book

In line with the tradition of Carl Jung, our favorite coloring book is the Mystical Mandala Coloring Book.

This book provides 30 intricate and beautiful designs that you’ll want to hang on your wall (or fridge) once you’re finished.

Now, your love of coloring shouldn’t replace your regular meditation practice. But, it can be an incredible way to relieve stress while flexing your creative muscles.

Just don’t forget the colored pencils! Finally, the time has come where coloring and meditation can work together.

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