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Color Your Way to Calm

Although not technically art therapy, which is well researched for its benefits as adjunctive therapy in healing psychological issues, coloring is accessible to all and lacks the potential intimidation of “not being an artist.

Yes, I received my first adult coloring book this year. I actually have been a closet coloring fan for years. I have several kids coloring books that I not only use with the kids, but alone!

Although not technically art therapy, which is well researched for its benefits as adjunctive therapy in healing psychological issues, coloring is accessible to all and lacks the potential intimidation of “not being an artist.” Interestingly, coloring has been used as a bridge to art therapy for veterans suffering from PTSD.

Coloring also may facilitate a sense of ease and well-being reminiscent of childhood. Oh yes, the days of few decisions and less concerns.

If you are not ready to commit to a purchase of an adult coloring book, but would like to give it a try, there are a number of Internet sites offering free adult coloring pages. One of my favorites is http://m.coloring-life.com/en/adult-coloring-pages.php .

Oh, it is ok to color outside the lines too!

Have fun!

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