What does therapy mean to you? To me, it means making and creating art.
The cheapest form of therapy is art therapy. Art therapy, includes crafting, coloring, drawing, painting, pottery, etc., and is one of the most beneficial hobbies you can pick up.
Inspiration is everywhere, if you just look hard enough. After looking hard enough, I discovered my vivacious enthusiasm for the art of coloring.
To this day, I own about 12 coloring books and am in the works of finishing a full coloring book. I find that through coloring I am calm, cool and collected; much cooler than a cucumber.
Coloring simply allows me to be mindful, and allows me to zone in on the art at hand, rather than the extra white noise happening all around me.
When I first began coloring, I found it extremely difficult to stay on task, and I also found myself frustrated by how long and intricate some of the coloring books were. Since then, I have noticed my senses heightened, my attention span lengthened, a better attention to details, and an increased awareness of mindfulness. It also has helped me quit some of my bad habits! After about six months of effortless coloring, I am finally proud of where I am at with my own new set of creative skills. Slowly, but surely, I found myself coloring quicker, much more intricately, and much more detailed. It was not an easy feat! In fact, picking up coloring as a hobby was one of the biggest challenges I faced this year. Now, I color every day and make it a goal to finish at least one of the mandalas that I color every day.
There’s also something about shading, choosing a color scheme, and the feeling of accomplishment after choosing something to color, that allows me to release any sort of pent up anxiety, stress, panic, etc.
Similarly, coloring allows individuals to connect back to their childhood, something that I have realized has helped me in many ways. Channeling your childhood, during your adult life, helps keep things light and fun. Coloring has become fun, because I remember how much I enjoyed coloring, and just making art in general, especially as a kid. Your childhood is something that can be taken away from you, or maybe you just got old, however, it’s never too late to uptake your childhood hobbies.
I believe that your childhood plays such an important role in your growth, biochemical makeup, standards, values, etc. This is where you learn how to be a human, how to be good at being a human, societal rules, etc. Most people always complain about how they want their childhood back and want to be younger, but do NOT let age stop you. No matter how old or young, understanding the joys of being a child is something one will never forget. This is because every day is an adventure when you are young. For some reason, incorporating one’s childhood into their day-to-day lives has served a higher purpose and allowed many adults to have a creative outlet, which is something society rarely offers.
Similarly, coloring has been said to have many benefits as an activity, including increased mindfulness, heightened senses, increased attention span, increased attention to detail, overall emotional well-being, increased attention to detail, decreased anxiety, utilization of both the right and the left brain, assists in memory retention, and the ability to channel creative energy. It has also been said to help mood swings.
Not only does coloring have the benefits listed above, but it is also said to heal and assist PTSD patients, ADD patients, ADHD patients, OCD patients, and any average human being. Generally, coloring serves benefits to anyone who partakes in the activity.
Adults should not feel embarrassed to try this new hobby out, as they have come out with coloring books specifically assigned for adults. Lately, you can find coloring books at local grocery stores, gift stores, retail stores, book stores, and even boutiques everywhere. Places, such as Target, Walmart, Walgreens, and Barnes & Noble, sell an assortment of coloring books.
If you are looking for a way to kill time, a new hobby, or just a way to release some creative energy, pick up a coloring book from your local store.
Prices typically range from $4.99 up to $30.99, depending on which retail outlet you decide to purchase your new hobby. The prices on supplies vary, depending on whether or not you are using different mediums, and whether or not you want quality products. Colored pencils, markers, gel pens, and crayons are fun utensils to utilize when coloring. Of course, if you are willing to spend the money, mediums, such as charcoal, acrylic paints, oil pastels, or chalk, may cost a little more than usual. To keep it under a budget, King Soopers, Target, Walmart, etc. have fun, cheap colored pencils that should service those who are in need.
Wondering where to begin? Simply buy yourself a coloring books and some gadgets. If you would rather be with company, try a wine and paint class. Wine and paint class includes people of age coming together and painting, while casually drinking. As if coloring could not be more fun! While these wine and paint classes are not free, it offers a way for adults to connect with other adults and create art. A form of therapy that is underrated and underappreciated.
Art soothes the heart, soul, and mind, as it has helped me slow down my thoughts, and take a break between my busy life.
In this fast-paced society, it is hard to take a minute out of your day to just color for a while, as it is even harder to even catch your breathe. We are all so busy doing whatever society tells us to do. Well, this is society telling you that coloring, and/or art therapy, is the best solution to all your stressors and your problems. It is cheap, easy, and lots of clean fun.
Finally, remember, it truly does NOT matter what your age is, just keep creating and art-ing!