Stress Reduction: Mindfulness through Coloring
We could learn a lot from crayons; some are sharp, some are pretty, some are dull, while others bright, some have weird names, but they all have learned to live together in the same box.
– Robert Fulghum
Like crayons in a box, aren’t we all just trying to get along? Recently, the world has become an even scarier place to coexist. Bombarded with dogma and hyper sensationalized journalism we can’t seem to avoid the negativity, trepidation, fear, and racism. And our bodies bear these distractions as they manifests as stress; increased blood pressure, anxiety, insomnia, upset stomach, and headaches.
Dr. Stan Rodski, a neuropsychologist created an line of adult coloring book to help facilitate a calming meditative state. Rodski asserts that coloring like meditation, elicits a calming response in the body. And just 10 minutes of meditation has been shown to decrease both age and race bias. And certainly compassion and objectivity greatly affects our ability to make equitable decisions and judgments. Who couldn’t use a bit more work with regards to our social and emotional coping skills? How about improving our collaboration and creativity in the workplace?
Moreover, coloring allows us to reduce stress and focus our mind on the task at hand, creating a colorful image and purely enjoying a simple pleasure as the body relaxes. Rodski was was able to measure the physical benefits as changes in heart rate and brain waves. He identified that there are three key elements repetition, pattern, and detail that prompt positive neurological responses in the colorists.
So, grab yourself some crayons or colored pencils and a coloring book; COLOR OUTSIDE THE LINES and practice mindfulness!