You or your loved ones may have put away crayons and coloring books years ago. However, you may want to take up those old habits. Coloring is increasingly popular among adults. Here are four reasons you and your older loved ones should color:
- Coloring releases emotions. Coloring is a way to relieve boredom and stress. According to some studies, the rhythmic structure of coloring can help push away negative thoughts. Coloring can promote a sense of calm and satisfaction that may last throughout the day.
- Coloring provides a creative outlet. You don’t have to be an artist to color creatively. You can color inside the lines (or out), and you can choose any hue. Coloring supplies are inexpensive and readily available in stores or online. There are books designed specifically for adults – some have simple designs for older adults with dementia or other conditions that limit dexterity.
- Coloring promotes intergenerational fun. Toddlers, teens and adults of all ages can enjoy coloring together. You customize the coloring based on age and skills – or collaborate on a project together.
- Coloring encourages socialization. Turn off the television and the technology – no texting allowed! While you color, ask for feedback and advice, praise each other’s work, tell a silly joke or laugh about amusing family stories.
You can make any day more colorful and fun with crayons and makers. Take care of yourself while you care for others. Download our guide, What Are Meaningful Activities?, to help you learn and schedule time everyday for activities provide that joy and purpose in your loved one’s life.